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Judy

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European Olive
« on: October 06, 2013, 12:27 PM »
At the risk of being horribly wrong about where to post this, I'm going to share my European Olive.  Although it's known as a sub-tropical, I think that it's a broadleaf evergreen.  I'm sure that I'll find out soon now....

I picked this up from NEBG in 2011.  After much thought and nudging, I took the top off this summer.  I'm attempting to root it, so far, can't tell how successful that is going.  

I am pleased with the progress so far of the new (and improved) shape I have to work with.  It has a long way to go, but it is off to a decent start. It grows very quickly sometimes, I'll be repotting (same pot) next year, to get rid of the last of the very peaty soil that it was in when I got it.  I have trouble with the roots near and under the trunk staying wet, while the rest of it is happily well drained.  I just hope that I can scrape out the bad stuff, and not loose the interesting roots.

A quick progression!
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 12:30 PM »
And a shot from this morning.
(BTW, the soil it was in came from the west coast grower that NEBG got it from, I didn't want anyone to think that they're using soils like that!)
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2013, 12:40 PM »
Hi Judy.. This tree is looking really good. I am familiar with this tree. I have followed it for awhile. In the beginning, I was unsure if the track it was on was the right one. Simply because if I remember correctly, the original image was also nice. However, after seeing this latest pic, there is no doubt in my mind that all the right choices were made.

Rob
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 11:14 AM »
An update after rampant summer growth got chopped.  The branches are starting to thicken nicely, and the shape is coming along.
Still don't have an answer for the chop site, as I don't want to carve it out.  Don't like the idea of a visible scar on the front view.  Maybe someone has an idea?  Other than a bark plug... don't think I haven't thought about that!
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 10:32 PM »
The Van Meer technique?

I just read of it on of Bonsai Magazine.

Seems interesting. A living bark plug!

Sorce
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 10:54 PM »
Awesome. Thanks for sharing Judy. Repotted mine today. How tall is it from the soil surface to the first branches?
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2014, 07:42 AM »
living bark plug? how can detached bark be alive?  And is bark really live tissue to begin with?  hmmm.

Thanks Chad, it's probably around 8" or so to the first branch.  Lets see yours! :D
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2014, 11:45 AM »
Here are a couple quick shots. I'll try to take some better pictures with my wife's camera soon
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2014, 05:07 AM »
http://ofbonsai.org/techniques/styles-and-styling/the-van-meer-technique

It is actually still attached!

If this works as they say it does, and it seems it does, your olive is a good candidate.

Cant wait to see you progress!

Sorce
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 04:38 AM »
At the risk of being horribly wrong about where to post this, I'm going to share my European Olive.  Although it's known as a sub-tropical, I think that it's a broadleaf evergreen.  I'm sure that I'll find out soon now....

I picked this up from NEBG in 2011.  After much thought and nudging, I took the top off this summer.  I'm attempting to root it, so far, can't tell how successful that is going.  

I am pleased with the progress so far of the new (and improved) shape I have to work with.  It has a long way to go, but it is off to a decent start. It grows very quickly sometimes, I'll be repotting (same pot) next year, to get rid of the last of the very peaty soil that it was in when I got it.  I have trouble with the roots near and under the trunk staying wet, while the rest of it is happily well drained.  I just hope that I can scrape out the bad stuff, and not loose the interesting roots.

A quick progression!

Nice tree Judy :)

is this a domesticated olive(olea europea) or a european wild olive(olea oleaster) ? The bark on that tree is awesome!!!! :D I like what you've done with the tree, gives the trunk a more powerful appearance and the branches look more like a olive would grow in nature :)

will be watching this one

kind regards
Herman
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2014, 08:27 AM »
Thanks Herman.  Not absolutely sure, but think its Europea.  Really great bark that's for sure. 

I don't think the van meer is going to work for this tree, maybe if I had done it when I chopped it, but thanks sorce.
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2014, 01:40 PM »
Here is an update on my olive.  It grew well this summer and put some wood on those branches I wired into nice twisting shapes.  I just did some carving on the tree, both the area where I cut the top off, and a large scar that was ready for a uro on the other side.  I'm keeping both sides viable as fronts, as the large scar now a uro actually looks (or will, once it ages) pretty nice.
I would be interested to see which front appeals most to others.
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2014, 06:22 PM »
Very Beautiful Judy!!

The bark is so different to the one we have down here.

Do you know how old your tree is ? or should that be shrub ?

Thanks for the update and other images.

I like it, period.
Good Day
Anthony
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2014, 11:29 PM »
Judy,

I like img 3786. It has the best base in my opinion.
 

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Re: European Olive
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2014, 04:33 AM »
I like 3786 too. Great base there.

But once that hole closes or even just ages... The other will be nice too.

Love the pot. Great color.

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