Hedging Maples

California Bonsai Art

There is not a lot of information on the net about this process. I started treating my maples this way about ten years ago. Walter Pall has spoken about it at his blog, but not much in the way of how to keep up on the process.

There are other ways to treat the canopy of a maple tree and these other treatments have to do with where the tree is in development. During the trees early life, much like candle management on a pine, early treatment is more coarse and in a branch building mode. There is no need for select bud pinching on a tree that will have it’s branches cut many times during the growing season. Bud selection in April likewise on a pine is kinda pointless.

As trees in training begin pushing new buds, the main branches are chosen. As they harden off, the permanent primary…

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Japanese Larch 2


So I bought this tree at a the Dragon auction, these pictures where taken in the 9th November 2015

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This is the tree before wiring and styling… am also planing on cutting the top back to the branch leaning to the right for better taper.

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Larch 1 repot and style

So on the 25th Jan 2015 I finished the wiring and styling and repotting of this tree… took me around 5hrs over a few weekends. Larch like to have any repotting done before any bud swelling:

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I nicked the side of one of the roots and covered with sphagnum moss hopefully some roots will pop.

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Post chop

So today 28th March 2015 i cut the whip back to the red line to force the growth back to the stump. I am hoping to ge a bud tp pop somewhere near the brown line for the next section of trunk.


Trident Maple update and chop

So here is how high it reached, picture taken 18Oct2014 I was cutting the side shoots to encourage the leader to extend:


The next pics where taken on the 05Feb2015:

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It thickened up by about an inch by the looks

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Chop made 01Mar2015:


Will now wait and grow out some new lower sacrifice branches and a new leader.