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JRob

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Picea pungens
« on: July 22, 2014, 07:26 PM »
Native to the Rocky Mountains, with a natural range that extends from Colorado to Wyoming, Picea pungens (aka the Colorado Blue Spruce) is a tree my son has wanted for a while. Pungens means "sharply pointed" and that could not be more true of the needles of this spruce. The Native American peoples of the Navajo and Keres tribes used this tree as a traditional medicinal plant and a ceremonial item long before europeans inhabited these shores. The twigs are often given as gifts to bring good fortune. As my son heads off to Yale I could not think of a better way to celebrate his musical accomplishments and his love of bonsai by giving him a tree that historically was used to bring good fortune. This tree was collected in the Rockies of Colorado in 2012 and is estimated to be over 150 years old. I purchased it from Owen and will be working on it with him until Shim can take over someday when his life settles down.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 11:08 PM »
Congrats, these are really nice trees.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 05:48 AM »
An excellent "excuse" to get an excellent tree.

Stradivarius Bonsai!    Seems like loads of potential.

Perfect for Shim. ;)

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 09:15 AM »
Niiice.  Could you show us some other angles into the tree please?  Nice sentiment as well.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 11:04 AM »
Great tree Rob.  Interesting it's pretty green for a blue variety.  Also, it's great you have family to share your interests with, here...not so much lol
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 06:11 PM »
Great tree Rob.  Interesting it's pretty green for a blue variety. 

I haven't seen any of these collected cbs w/ any real blue to the foliage. only the box store variety.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2014, 08:30 PM »
Thanks All.

Judy here are a couple more pictures.

JRob
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2014, 01:25 AM »
Great species. Tough as nails.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2014, 08:19 AM »
That's a lot to work with.  A lot of decisions on what to keep,- the funnest part of bonsai, but also the most important to the future of the tree.  Great stuff.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 10:14 AM »
Thanks All.

Judy here are a couple more pictures.

JRob

Thanks for the additional photos.  C.Blue is a great tree with one major draw back, you have to keep it in a constant state of training with wire.  They just don't seem to hold the   intended shape.  Once the wire is removed they tend to go back to where they were.  It usually takes five years wiring and rewiring to get them to hold a shape.  Here is my Blue Spruce I have been working on since 1982.

I envy or covet your Blue Spruce, it is in a form I would love to get my hands on.  Most of them tend to grow as mine has, yours has been visited by many years of natures best and maybe a bear or two, it is a wonderful tree.  Mine was a foundling at an old Christmas tree farm.
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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2014, 06:08 PM »
Evening All,

Spent the morning and a few hours after lunch working with Owen on the initial design and rough work on this tree. Here is a pic from mid morning. It will give you an idea of where it is headed. JRob
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2014, 09:29 PM »
Look forward to seeing its progression. thanks.
 

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Re: Picea pungens
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2014, 08:09 AM »
Looks like forward progress.  Can't really see the base of the tree at all in the photos, maybe a better pic?