I have looked at these pictures for quite awhile, trying to figure out what was wrong, why my eyes were not at rest when viewing the image and there are a few things, some obvious, like the lack of Nebari at this stage of development, the almost pine like silhouette, and the heavy foliage masses hiding branch structure.Smoke a great history of this tree. The latest pic is superb the pot is as good as it gets, the stand is perfect.....
I have watched people work on trees far longer than this and still have nothing even remotely this good in this short of time. Thanks for the inquiries.
I think it is a remarkable accomplishment for 3 years. I have trees that I've had for 15 years that haven't come around as quickly.While this tree is in no way complete, it was posted here more for its extraordinary bonsai like look in only three years rather than for a completed tree.
If you scroll to the top and look at the first picture you can see that as the top of the trunk. Originally I wished to make a shohin tree out of this stump, but the base was so big and the rootage was larger than I expected so a kifu/chuin size tree was in order. The new tree is from trunk that I grew behind the chopped area. The nasty chop at the top was done by a bobcat during removal at the parking lot.Sticking with the shallow oval...even more so with the history behind it...what's going on with the dead area on the trunk, die back from removing that branch?
Well mostly because Dick Ryerson did not come to the shohin convention for me to buy a glazed pot for this tree. I found this pot in my garage and it was the right size so I used it. It is dark brown and it will look good when the tree is in fall color with berries. Obviously this tree was already potted when I added to this thread.I would go with the oval pot Al.
But I am curious, why such a dark pot?