Progression of One of My Bald Cypress

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In early Spring if 2014, I carved the initial chop to help the transition and shortened the new leader which I later carved in May after it put on some new growth.
 

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Here it is today. I took it out of the tub of water it sits in Spring - Fall and I snapped a few pictures. Check out all the roots that escaped the pot. The chop/carves are healing well and should close next year.
 

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Dam MM.

Thats impressive! That new leader? Huge.

I really like the transitions. The wounds are healing nice.

Any final branches started? Or still growing it out?

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Here it is today. I took it out of the tub of water it sits in Spring - Fall and I snapped a few pictures. Check out all the roots that escaped the pot. The chop/carves are healing well and should close next year.
Very good progression for a seedling BC. It appears you may need to re-chop the top as you're getting a bit of reverse taper there. The angled cut you made looked to be a bit too soon. If you do re-chop, make it a horizontal cut as you did the first time then let it regrow for a full season before making that angled cut in spring of the next. Makes all the difference in the world as the callus can't overtop the horizontal cut in its initial dynamic growth stage. Then when you do the angle the rollover comes out just right.

All in all, nice development work.

Zach
 

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Thanks for the comments.

I have a few branches selected, haven't decided which others I want to keep.


I am gonna keep an eye out on the taper issue. The first cut's new leader grew so quickly that it almost completely healed the flat cut in one summer, so one the second I went ahead and carved it ahead of time. Live and learn, at least with bald cypress, it all happens fast., in tree-time anyway.

John
 

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really nice! I have a 40'ish year old bald cypress I collected this spring that I'm gonna carve thise coming spring then style say early summer-they grow so ridiculous that it's a fun tree to work on as you can ez'ly start over if need be as it'll grow new branches quickly
 

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Thanks for the comments.

I have a few branches selected, haven't decided which others I want to keep.


I am gonna keep an eye out on the taper issue. The first cut's new leader grew so quickly that it almost completely healed the flat cut in one summer, so one the second I went ahead and carved it ahead of time. Live and learn, at least with bald cypress, it all happens fast., in tree-time anyway.

John
If you like I'll be glad to send you a series of drawings I did for a customer detailing how to develop the apex of a bald cypress. Just PM me.

Zach
 

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Very nice progression. I have one where I did the top cut as you did, the concave shape worked really well for me. It is healing right now.

What caused that semi-reverse taper is probably the late removal of the other branches in that area. Something to watch for and be mindful next time you chop.
 

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In my experience, when you leave the extra branches around the wound, especially on a bald cypress, it causes all kinds of wonky things to happen. Usually all that you need is a good leader.

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Looking really good so far! The progression shots are great and show really just how long it takes to make some nice transitions and good taper.

What are you thinking for this guy? A flat top or a more informal upright form? I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
 

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I live in Mobile, Alabama and there are a lot of Bald Cypress in the Mobile Bay-river Delta. I am trying to emulate on of these. As it looks now, It I thin the top a little and lose some of the lower branches, it will resemble one of those trees. I am not sure it that would be considered a "flat top" or not. Maybe a hybred form of flat top and informal upright. I have always found the flat top styled bonsai a good design, but not very realistic for the cypress that grwo around here.

Thanks for the coments and encouragement.

John
 

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John how about a couple of pictures of the BC you are trying to emulate.
 

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I have always found the flat top styled bonsai a good design, but not very realistic for the cypress that grwo around here.
I completely agree. I was in SC for 3 years and saw the flat tops with a lot of deadwood. Now I am in Indiana and see tons of formal upright "Christmas tree" style trees. It all depends on where you are.
 

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Very inspirational work John...I have a BC that I bought as a seedling in a 4" pot last year and it put on a good 1-2" in base circumference. This post gives me some ideas of where I want to go with it after this season of growth. Thanks for sharing--progressions are often the most helpful threads to me and I am sure for others as well. Looking good and can't wait to see future posts of this progression!
 
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