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october

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Arborvitae Bunjin
« on: July 06, 2011, 04:28 PM »
This is an arborvitae that I picked up at Lowes about 6 years ago. It was a yellow tag Fall special that was about $7. I think after about 5-6 years, that I am finally starting to see a convincing literati. A tree is either a literati or it isn't. It seems like it is the hardest style to pull off successfully.

A few weeks back, I cut the apex off and the tree has already started to grow a new one. Also, if there seems some foliage that is out of place, it is because I am growing some new, tighter, healthier folage is some areas. I will say that the foliage on this tree can be quite uncooperative. Anyway.. I think the final design is beginning to reveal itself.

Rob
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 06:17 PM »
Dang, October, that's one sweet-looking tree! Congratulations on a good job.

... It seems like it is the hardest style to pull off successfully.

Rob

With a bunjin/literati, the trunk line is the sole focus. Form is not in the picture. So  there's that much less margin for error or ham-handedness.

I once heard Susumu Nakamura say, "To do a bunjin is easy. To do a bunjin masterpiece is difficult." (Nakamura is the master who donated the first trees to to start the collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden.)
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 10:45 AM »
I like this tree a lot. A nice elegant trunk line already, now it is just refining the foliage (and then maybe a sweet, smaller bunjin pot).

Keep us posted on its development.
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 03:11 PM »
Thanks treebeard and Mike... This is about the 3rd restyling of this tree in a 6 year period. I think that the final design has finally revealed itself ;D
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 07:13 PM »
it looks fantastic, i dont see too much Arborvitae as bonsai not to mention as a bunjin
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011, 05:45 AM »
Congratulations - fantastic.
Love this bunjin. How I would love to have a trunk like this on any of my arborvitae. 
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2011, 03:09 PM »
Thanks Nathanand Tom...Here is the great part... The whole first half of the trunk from the base to the middle of the tree is all natural... All natural curve and taper.. It is only the top half that I bent back.

Rob
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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2011, 11:06 PM »
Very cool tree, October!

Oddly enough I just happened to collect a bunjin arbor vitae in April from a parkway in the neighborhood that I had been lusting over for a couple years. It had been trampled and abused by the neighborhood kids I think. So in a sense, all of its curves and bends are "natural." Thanks for the pictures: it really helps to give me some inspiration and food for thought :-)

PS Have you felt that the wood is very soft and flimsy feeling in the live portions? I've just noticed some of the branches on mine are not as lignified as I expected them to be.
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 04:59 PM »
Hello jtucker.. Yes, the branches are pretty flimsy and the new branches and foliage are really flimsy. Also, I have had some difficulty with the foliage over the years. It can be a little finiky... cuts in the wrong places and even the right places will sometimes yield no new growth. I am actually, growing a new top on this tree. Also, I am trying to develop the 2 branches underneath both sides of the new apex, but they are pretty weak. I may have to take the new buds somewhere at the top and create new branches. For now, I am just waiting to see what the tree is going to do.

Rob
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2011, 08:27 AM »
Looking good, Rob.  Not bad for $7. :)
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2011, 04:18 PM »
Thanks Matsu... Yup, I think the pot cost more than the tree  ;D
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2011, 08:43 AM »
Nice Bunjin

My one of my favorite styles. You have pulled it off very well.

I have read some where that Bunjin is the easiest style to recognise, The hardest to duplicate, The most misunderstood.

MT
 

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Re: Arborvitae Bunjin
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2011, 11:34 AM »
Great tree, and unique.  Very nice job!