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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: JRob on June 29, 2014, 10:29 AM

Title: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: JRob on June 29, 2014, 10:29 AM
My son decided we needed a Cypress in our collection so visited our favorite garden nurseries to see what was available last week. He chose a Chamaecyparis obtusa ' Spiralis ' which is a nice dwarf upright Japanese Hinoki Cypress. Deep green leaves on tight stems on an upright narrow plant. The variety was found around 1939 in England. He will be styling it today with a good friend from the club who has several really nice specimens of Hinoki. His young son will be joining us but I think he'll be swimming while the tree is worked on. Here is a before picture of the pre-bonsai stock material in the nursery pot and a closeup of the foliage. JRob
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: fh05 on July 01, 2014, 08:25 AM
Great material. Please keep us updated.
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: JRob on July 05, 2014, 06:06 PM
Sorry all. I forgot to post the after tree from last weekend. Young but not bad for a $10.00 investment on Shimsuki's part. JRob
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: fh05 on July 07, 2014, 12:32 PM
Thank you for the update, not bad at all. How did you start working on this material considering you could not see any interior structure? Thanks again.
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: shimsuki on July 07, 2014, 02:15 PM
Good question.

What I do when I'm cleaning up nursery material, or overgrown bonsai, is first clean out everything that's dead. Then I take out branches that I know I don't need, such as armpit branches and small branches growing at the bottom of the trunk. Once that is done I can usually see the basic structure of the tree and make design choices based on what I see.

Shim
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: M. Frary on July 07, 2014, 08:10 PM
  I like that term" armpit branches" chuckle chuckle.
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: JRob on March 16, 2015, 07:55 PM
Flew my son home from Yale to spend the weekend working on trees. Friday we worked alone with a club friend and on Sat and Sunday he worked with Hagedorn and the STL Study Group. On friday before Michael got in town Shimsuki spent some time potting this up and several forest plantings. Here is his current vision for the tree. The rock has a few more pockets and he is searching for some extremely small leafed satsuki to add to the composition.  JRob
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: DorianJF on March 17, 2015, 02:13 AM
Wow, that is awesome.

Really great work.
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: bwaynef on March 17, 2015, 10:55 AM
I like the composition of this planting.  I can imagine a few smaller plants interspersed on the rock might improve things.  Will watering them become a problem though?  (I don't know the water requirements of a hinoki.  Are they similar to Satsuki?)
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: M. Frary on April 30, 2016, 08:11 AM
I like the composition of this planting.  I can imagine a few smaller plants interspersed on the rock might improve things.  Will watering them become a problem though?  (I don't know the water requirements of a hinoki.  Are they similar to Satsuki?)
  They like a lot of water but don't like sitting in it. So a water retention but we'll draining media that you water in the morning so it isn't sitting in it overnight.
Title: Re: Hinoki Cypress "Spiralis"
Post by: Indo Andreas on May 05, 2016, 06:48 AM
Nice progression