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Help with Literati

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Jeff Lahr:
I've shied away from literati styled trees owing to lack of full understanding of the form. However, I think I found a tree that might be worth experimenting with. Since I am in full admission of lack of L.I.Q. (Literati IQ), I would appreciate other people's thoughts.

Photo #1 shows two fairly immature but strong branches, one with a deep downward motion and one with an upwards slant.  As the final photograph indicates, if I abandon the Literati urge, I can always chop this tree way back to this very low branch.

Dave Murphy:
I like the possibilities for this one...pic 1 and 3 seem to have the best movement in my mind.  If this were mine, I would wire  those 2 upper branches now, getting some significant movement into them to match that of the trunk.  Over the next few years, you can start developing ramification in the canopy.  Nice tree.

Dave

MatsuBonsai:
If it were mine the first thing I would do is get it into good soil.  You'll be able to control water and fertilizer better, and have better growth with the roots in good soil.  Repot in Spring.

This looks to be a rather young seedling, maybe 4-5 years old?  How long has it been in your care?  

Jeff Lahr:

--- Quote from: MatsuBonsai on September 25, 2009, 08:07 PM ---If it were mine the first thing I would do is get it into good soil.  You'll be able to control water and fertilizer better, and have better growth with the roots in good soil.  Repot in Spring.

This looks to be a rather young seedling, maybe 4-5 years old?  How long has it been in your care?  

--- End quote ---

I've had it about two weeks. It was pretty neglected at the nursery (to such a degree, they gave it to me for free). I'll let it sit until spring.

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