The Four Brothers Hornbeam
Ill do a progression on this as it starts to fill out a bit.....basically ive been periodically clipping back strong higher shoots in the crown to one, two or three leaves and allowing the lower shoots to extend and wiring here n there for up and outwards movement, there is a thought process on every shoot on this tree...
If you notice, I’m having to tilt the pot! Two years ago, when I last repotted it, it was straight! The roots under the strong first branch are pushing up on that side!
This tree is about 70 to 80 years old. It has passed thru many owners hands. It was collected as a seedling in Japan. There was a guy who used to collect seedlings (Not seeds!) from the island of Mikawa, and raise them in pots from then on. This is one of them. Boon bought a dozen of them andlegally imported them about 22-25 years ago. He was new in the business, and sold them. I acquired this one 4 years ago from one of his students. I have no idea who sold it to him. But I’m sure it went thru several owners. Anyway, when I got it, it was I. Poor health. It’s growing well now. It was shown at BIB two years ago. I did not decandle last year. I want it to rebuild vigor to backbud. So I can cut back harder next year.
Unusual Trident Maple: Misu Yatsabusa. It has long slender leaves on long stems, which make it look like it’s weeping.
A closeup from underneath:
And after light thinning and cutback:
The trunk is screwed to a board to improve the nebari. This was done two years ago. Next spring, I’ll bare root it and if it’s making any progress. The twigs it produces are very fine and easily damaged.
I decided not to try to wire this one. Often, right after decandling it’s a good time to wire. But this tree had a lot of backbuds that had opened this year close to the trunk, and they were very soft and delicate. It will be safer to wait until fall.
This Scots pine will be a tall, naturalistic drop-branch design. I'll remove a couple more lower branches and wire after cutting back the shoots in August (candles were not pinched this year, I'm allowing it free growth over the summer).