Uour "First Tree in 2017" thread

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I really liked Brians' idea of the last tree of 2016 thread. And thought.. Why not a "your first tree in 2017" thread. :)

So.. I'll kick off. I have been looking for a red-leaved beech and cannot find any stock. So I ordered two bare-root nursery plants. Trimmed back from 10 feet, reduced roots bij 75% and potted. Ready to start life as a bonsai in 5-10-20 years.. I will start with roots: I planted beech seeds in fall to have material for rootgrafts next winter. I hope to get some lower bud development so I can chop lower. These will perhaps move into the ground for a few years once I have the roots sorted. Long process ahead.
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Then, I also ordered some 4 euro each young plants to grow out. Long-term growing project with species that are hard to get at a reasonable price in trade as more mature bonsai material. I expect to taske lots of layers as time passes and use these grafted maples as stock material. Cork-bark elm, arakawa maple, deshojo maple, shindeshojo maple and pine barked japanese maple. So .. no mature stock bought this year. Need to keep my moey for Japan :).

Let's see how long I can avoid buying real trees.
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Yest i picked up this Beech, Fagus sylvatica from a bare root nursey for £21
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Not a bad buy i think, the low branches give me good styling options, the tree has a good nebari and a couple of potential leaders at the top.

I ended 2016 with a Beech and started 2017 with another Beech, i guess life must be a Beech:D
 
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This I dug a couple of weeks ago and for the moment it still appears to be a live and not showing any obvious signs of death, but I'm sure that will come soon enough.
It's a Tetraclinis that hates it's photo taken.
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The name threw me, had to look it up, Tetraclinis is related to Calocedrus, at one time considered a Thuja, the Barbary Thuja. Interesting. Hope it survives.

Ground is frozen here, so picked up a ''florist's azalea''. Chopped it back, have not repotted yet. Will pick one of the 3 trunks and remove the others. Or, I'll try separating them. It is not a Satsuki, so its leaves are somewhat larger and more coarse, and it is not frost hardy, tag says protect from freezing, which I expected. It was a post holiday discard from the folks. so price was right, free. I did remove all the remaining flower buds, even though the photo shows a couple left, went back and removed them too. Long road ahead before it will be ready for a bonsai pot.


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Yest i picked up this Beech, Fagus sylvatica from a bare root nursey for £21
2017-01-31_07-38-39
by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-01-31_07-39-42
by Bobby Lane, on Flickr
2017-01-31_07-42-52
by Bobby Lane, on Flickr

Not a bad buy i think, the low branches give me good styling options, the tree has a good nebari and a couple of potential leaders at the top.

I ended 2016 with a Beech and started 2017 with another Beech, i guess life must be a Beech:D
Is it just me or did you get that thing home on the back of a motorbike?
 
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The name threw me, had to look it up, Tetraclinis is related to Calocedrus, at one time considered a Thuja, the Barbary Thuja. Interesting. Hope it survives.
Yeah this one was tough to track down but thanks to @Vance Wood who said he was positive it was a cypress that led me to eventually find a picture of the cones and seeds so I eventually got there. Not a lot of info out there in English either and there are not supposed to be many around these parts yet I'm surrounded by them.
It has some interesting bones so I'll be excited if it does survive.
 
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nice man! Where did you get that nice thing?
I won't have this for another week and 1/2, but soon enough!!
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Great pick-up. I've been dragging my feet on a nice chinese quince for awhile now. Noticed Don was no longer listing this one so I guess now I know why!! Congrats, very nice.
 
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nice man! Where did you get that nice thing?
I won't have this for another week and 1/2, but soon enough!!
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I dug it up. This is actually a little seedling that I've kept since I joined, but never really gave it all that much attention except keeping it alive and some wiring just one year. I guess it's finally in a form closer to being a "tree". I'll have to dig to see if I could find the image of when I first had it.

Update: Found it. From June 2014.
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