Thanks Grouper52, I'm not sure if its branches grow like that in the nature, however, I really love this kind of branch shape. I will ask my teacher who is an expert in tamarix.That's a nice tree, Bonhe. The growth habit on the branches is interesting - is that how it grows naturally?
Thanks Saru Bonsai, I will ask my teacher about this tamarix species name. In my area, there are so many wild tamarix and its leave is different with this tamarix. The branch keeps its shape well after wiring removal. Yes, you have to wire the foliage downward to get this effect in no time (if you don't want to wire it, it takes a while to see this effect)Really neat looking tree you have there. Do you know what species of tamarix this is? I'm wondering because i think i'd like to try styling a tamarix. They are quite unique looking. Also, how well do the branches keep their shape after the wire is removed? And do you have to wire the foliage downward to get that graceful weeping look?
Thanks RyanFrye, I will update it.Very Nice start you have there...keep us updated!
Hi Rick, I prefer pic. 4.pic 2 really brings out the beauty of this tree.
Yes, I will try to block the pot drainage holes of some of my tamarix to see how they do. Good idea. Thanks Si.
PS.: There is only one caveat to the Tamarix's suitability as bonsai: I saw in a species description on one website that "under optimal conditions" this species lives up to 25 years. It is rather curious that a tough species like this has such a short life-span.
Hello Si, I probably follow your design. the small dead root was removed. Thanks. BonheHi Bonhe, I'd love to see this tree in person. There's alot to talk about with this tree. Looking at it again, I am sure it is too tall. I would chop it at the RED line and use the chopped top for an instant bonsai. That top portion would make a fine small tamarix! Let it recover a bit longer first before you chop it so as to improve the chance of survival of the chopped branch. I'd cut the small dead root too (at the BLUE line).
Your tamarix trees possible don't like the weather in your area. It likes azalea can't survive in my area. BonheThat's a really nice tamarix Bonhe! Good work on those branches! You know I got a few of these, including some big trunks, but mine are no where near this trained. I bought a really nice one from Richard Ota about 15 years ago, but it kept losing branches. Now it is back to square one.
Don't worry Si, I have 5 of them from the cutting 2 years ago. It's growing like a weed in my area. BonheI don't know for sure if it would work for tamarix or not! So don't blame me if it kills your tree. I have never actually tried it for tamarix yet. Although I am 100% certain that my uncle grows them like that for years.