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Just got this potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa) today. cut it back hard, kinda lookin for ideas of which direction I should take it. Here are 4 pics around the plant. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thnaks in advance.
 

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I was feeling that pic #1 would be the front... of course, a lot is going to depend on where it buds at as well...

Also, open the pics in a new window to view in full for a better look
 
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Nice trunk to work with,they throw branches out like crazy during the growing season,so it should not take to long to make something nice out of this material.
 

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I like photo number two as the front,and get rid of the heavy long branch to the left,the trunk moves nicely to the right.Just my opinion.Enjoy
 

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This tree has great potential, I might have even cut it back even harder.

I think the best use of this material would be to create a number of deadwood features... I think I see a front in pic 2 (with some tilting/turning etc) which focuses on the live vein in the middle which has some great movement. The live tissue flanking it could be torn away to make a shari. Potentilla are a pleasure to work with. See attached scribble :)

There might be a better front somewhere, but try to find one that allows you to amplify the movement in the trunk by creating driftwood features.

Roelex, I know we were talking about potentilla's last year - you found a great one!

Good luck and keep us posted. In two years you can have a lovely little tree.
 

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Today I ended up cutting it back a bit harder. I'll try to get some pics up when I get off work tomorrow evening.
 

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not sure what i want to do with the left branch in pic #1
 

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