Thanks for playing......the first one is almost at the edge of my bench although it appears closer to the siding..... I'll see if I get any other guesses........the second one....no trick although guessing the age of a tree can be anyone's guess as there is only a few true ways to find out. Basically I was showing these trees to show how great the bark is. Generally speaking the bark on Lodgepole pine around here doesn't get "corky" bark instead it tends to be very "scaly" so these L. Pines are geographically isolated and some folks have suggested that the corky bark might be based on environmental conditions....for when you collect/grow smaller and younger ones they grow with the more traditional bark. I've seen lots of photos of Corky bark JBP's but haven't seen anything like that on North American Lodgepole Pines.....has anyone?About a foot away from the 4in trim, 5in siding, and 6in siding.....
I'll go with 10in.
Second one is a trick question!
Thanks Aaron,I'd say based off where you said it's placed on the bench, maybe 16" tall and a guess of maybe 40-60 years old.
That second one is OLD!
I see, I'm not very good at estimating the age of yamadori yet. I have quite a few trees that show signs of quite a bit of age but Ive got no clue as to how old they may be because of environmental factors as you said.Thanks Aaron,
I was trying to get folks hear discussing age (do we attain it from time only?) and size (bigger isn't always older) etc.......I'm a firm believer that environmental factors play a huge role influencing the character of trees especially if they are under "stressful" conditions. Look at ouselves.....put us under a lot of stress and we start to show age beyond our years.....same goes for trees.....
Thanks Rockm, Wilson and Jcrosset......yes age is difficult if not impossible to "accurately" determine........especially the age of yamadori but I do believe that some species and trees can attain a mature/aged look (characteristics) much beyond the actual age (or compared to other trees within the same species under different ecological environs- we have shore pine on the east coast of Vancouver Island but they portray a much different bark than these ones from the west coast). These pines are a delight to behold (just hope they makes it) with such nice bark, deadwood, twists, angles, etcIt is impossible to tell the age of a tree just by looking at the exterior. There is no way to accurately estimate the age of any yamadori, really. From what I hear, some folks have worked out a way to tell the age of ponderosa pine yamadori by counting the growth fascicles at the ends of branches. Whether that is accurate is up for debate.
The only way to get an accurate measure of a tree's age is to cut it down to about a foot and count the growth rings in the trunk, which kind of makes it useless for bonsai.
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