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coh:
I thought I had posted a thread here about this tree, but have been unable to locate it.

I bought this tree about 4 years ago because (1) I had to have a boulevard cypress, and (2) I liked the elegant trunk-line. Since then I've been learning how to keep it healthy and trying to encourage back-budding to bring the foliage closer to the trunk. I've had mixed success with the former and no success with the latter. The lowest branch on the right (first photo, what I consider the "front") is nicely shaped (see close-up in the next post) but the foliage is all way out at the end. I'm having a hard time seeing a decent bonsai with this branch on the tree and am considering removing it (and some of the other low branches) and going with more of a literati style...which may suit the trunk better.

Before I remove anything, though, I wanted to see if people here had any suggestions or thoughts. Owen, I'm particularly interested in your thoughts as you commented a couple of years ago when I posted this on IBC.

One thing I'm pretty sure I'm going to do in the next few days is slip the tree into a larger grow pot, to see if I can increase the overall vigor...which might promote some backbudding.

First pic, what I consider the "front" especially if the lowest branches are kept. Subsequent views show the tree being rotated clockwise.

coh:
Last two pics, final pic shows close up of lowest branch on right.

Thanks for any thoughts/advice.

Chris

Owen Reich:
Looked at IBC thread and I still agree with what I said on the "front" options.  Boulevard rarely if ever back-bud in my climate (TN).  The virt that Bill Valavanis had on the IBC thread was nice.

I think there are too many branches in the middle of the design.

Owen Reich:
Hopefully the snickers from those more tech-saavy will die down quickly.

Chris, the porcelain berry is doing very well.  About to style it  :).

I'd edit the design in roughly the ways shown for these two potential fronts:

coh:

--- Quote from: Owen Reich on August 06, 2015, 09:41 PM ---Hopefully the snickers from those more tech-saavy will die down quickly.

Chris, the porcelain berry is doing very well.  About to style it  :).

I'd edit the design in roughly the ways shown for these two potential fronts:


--- End quote ---

Wow, it looks like your graphics program is on LSD!  :) Thanks for posting those, I'll take a look at the tree later and see how something like those might work with the branch structure (which can be hard to discern from photos). I'll also post a few virts that I've been playing around with.

I'd guess you've got about 12' of growth on that porcelain berry by now! It left hundreds of seedlings in its wake, and those seedlings have now re-covered most of the fence. Maybe I should go into business selling large-trunked porcelain berry pre-bonsai...

Chris

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