Spiraea Nipponica "Snowmound"

Marco B

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I like to show you the progression of my Spiraea. It was a very cheap tree, bought for only 5,99 euro. My choice of this Spiraea was based on the very small leaves this species has. I gave it a try.
I bought it as a small shrub in dec 2016. It was less than a meter in height.2016 dec.JPG

The choice of the front was based of the nebari and the way the small trunk moved. After the first prune, there was not much left; only a small trunk of about 6 cm in height.
2016 after.JPG
A also repotted it in a big plastic container.
In the first growingseason It shooted very well: this was in the end of june:
2017 june.JPG

This was the result of the winterpruning, in january 2019. I also repotted it now in a smaller container, after I cleaned and pruned the roots.
2018 jan.JPG
I wanted to "build" the tree with a minimum of branches needed for a good bonsai: one at the left, one at the back, one at the right, and a top:
In june 2018 I reached that goal.
2018 june.JPG
 

Marco B

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Later that season I changed my mind; first I wanted to make a formal Japanse style Moyogi. But my new goal was a more naturalistic, European style. So I had to grow more branches upward. August, 2019:

2019 aug.jpeg

Here is the bold version of it, in dec 2019:

2019 dec.jpeg

In 2020 I had the goal to get more branches on it, so clip and grow was a way to get that. Sept 2020:
2020 sept.jpeg


A year later: end of August 2021:

2021 aug.jpeg

Now in dec 2021, after it lost his foiliage, I did the winter pruning again. Every year a bit more refinement.
2021 dec.jpg

And ow, I have never seen a tree species with finer branches than this Spiraea. Take in consideration that this tree is only a bit less than 20 cm!

I also made a virtual so show my goal of this tree:

2021 spirea virt.jpg

…to be continued.
 

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Really cool to see the progression as well as the changes you made along the way when deciding to go in another direction.
 

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