Recently acquired post oak (Quercus stellata)

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I was lucky enough to purchase this pretty cool oak prebonsai at a Dallas nursery and just had to take it home with me because I think it has potential to become something awesome in the future. From what I’ve read collecting oak is something that’s not necesarilly easy to do and it was awesome seeing it done successfully. The owner repotted it early this year and he says he’s not sure how lon he has had it but I saw it for the first time about three years ago and the pot it was in looked pretty old at that point. I don’t think much root work has been done on it and I wish I could have seen the roots when he repotted it but even if they aren’t the best I think they can be improved in the future. I’m thinking of changing the angle during the next repot and styling it in an informal upright design. I think I should keep the primary branch but sort of using it as a secondary trunk due to its length and straightness. Let me know if you disagree with the styling proposal. Of course it needs time for refinement but I really like the bark and the fact that it looks healthy.
 

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One of 3 favorite Oak leaves and nice base trunk:D. One day want to have one. Some movement needed in trunk and secondary. If too stiff to bend can be notched;).
 

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One of 3 favorite Oak leaves and nice base trunk:D. One day want to have one. Some movement needed in trunk and secondary. If too stiff to bend can be notched;).
I’ve seen pines and junipers notched and bent but didn’t know if it was possible with oaks given their stubborn nature with grafting and air layering.
 

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I’ve seen pines and junipers notched and bent but didn’t know if it was possible with oaks given their stubborn nature with grafting and air layering.

Have done on my young Northern Red Oak as well as(accidently)breaking branches, covering in cut paste and having recover 4 times:eek:. Approach grafts should work well. Plan one on same tree in 2020.
 

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