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AlexV

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Shore Pine
« on: August 15, 2009, 01:38 PM »
This is a shore pine I was given by a friend about a year ago.  I am told they are native to the North West US, and this tree was collected from a clay bog, so I have no idea how old it is but I really enjoy the bark which is black and crusty almost like an old ume.  According to Boon they behave a lot like five needle pine, and I am hoping it will dig the cold winters it will get here in Michigan. 

When I got it it was still in solid clay, so we re-potted it and I have since left it to just get healthy.  I am thinking it will be in a place to be worked on next summer, or a year from next summer depending on how it does next spring.

The goal for the foreseeable future will be to pull the trunks to the right and build foliage pads.  The trunks are honestly too similar in size, but it would wreck the tree to remove either of them, so I will just deal with it.  Even with that, I think the end result will be really nice.

I included a virt of what I envision the tree to look like eventually.
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009, 04:37 AM »
Yes.
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009, 08:15 AM »
looks to be a very reasonable plan, My limited experience with them (contortas) is that the foliage will tighten up on ints own by removing the old needles and letting tem bud back. So, I think the foliage clouds you ae lookingfor can come within a reasonable anmount of time. Nice native species. John
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 09:30 AM »
Alex,
stick with the plan all humor aside.
 

AlexV

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 11:38 AM »
And all this time I could have gone with the Aligator approach!  Heh, I actually have some stock that that approach might be really nice for.  But ya, for this one, Im sticking with two trunks.
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013, 10:50 PM »
Wondering what this tree is looking like these days? Also, are you sure it is a P. contorta? It doesn't look like the ones I've seen around here.
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013, 07:47 PM »
At the moment it is covered in snow, I will see if I can get a pic of it.  I haven't done any styling, just some thinning of the apical growth.  The tree seems to lose the lowest 1-3 branches every year, and shoot up new ones high on the tree.  I am thinking when I get back to CA (hopefully this summer if I can finish this damn PhD) I will try to graft branches lower on the trunks and cut it way back.  The trunks are too long and thin at the moment, but the foliage is happy and very green.  If I could just get it to quit shedding its lowest branches I would be really happy. 

If it acts like 5 needle pine then I suspect I may be watering it too much, anyone know how much water they like?

As to the species I have not a clue.  The only thing I know is it is a shore pine from the coast of Washington.

Cheers,
Alex
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 10:45 AM »
Here is a picture of my shore pine as of last week.  It really doesn't lend itself to 2D pictures at the moment, and looks nicer in person.  I still have not styled it, and have figured out it acts like a black pine.  I considered de-candling the strongest branches, but decided to just let it grow and gain vigor, I will repot it in spring.  I am imagining planting this on a rock eventually, still not sure if I will graft lower branches.  We will see in spring.

 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2013, 10:51 AM »
Hey Alex, looking good!!!
would be a good one for a slab, I can see it...
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2013, 10:58 AM »
I have been thinking a big chunk of lace lava.  The tree reminds me of pines I see along the Northern California coast, clinging to the rocks hanging out over the water. 

This was the first year I have been able to prevent it from dropping its lowest branches, so either bending or grafting will be required, as it is somewhat awkward at the moment.  It really needs to be styled as well.

Alex
 

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Re: Shore Pine
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 11:45 AM »
Actually looking good. The problem of the two trunks being too equal in size seems to have resolved itself. Your culture is good, or good enough, that the tree is this nice and full after 4 years. The dropping of lower branches might be due to not enough sun. But without seeing your growing area, I am not 100% certain that this is the cause. Just my guess.