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lvillebonsai

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Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:21 PM »
I'm taking up Owen's lurker challenge & sharing images of a red maple I've had for about 17 yrs. It's spent about 3 yrs in the ground, though not consecutively. I haven't much experience with branch development (or at least the right kind of experience).

 I've settled on two possible angles as fronts. The one I like better is the one with the large dead zone (hollow) that I'd like to carve a bit & give more character. The other view shows a slightly thicker trunk though.

 The photos are after a leaf removal. The large shoot going up was the intended new trunk line, but that's not my favorite angle anymore.

 What thoughts do you have?
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 01:03 AM »
I would not worry about ramification until you had almost all major cuts made and healed.  The side without the dead patch is nice although a few of the structural branches are already thick.  Have you decided on a final height and form?
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014, 01:06 AM »
Suggest tapering the cut at the apex and putting movement into a new shoot for the future apex.  Keep current leader as a sacrifice branch to heal cuts. 
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 03:35 PM »
What does everyone else think? 
 

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2014, 07:22 PM »
I like this tree. It has a good base with lots of flare and some character with that dead trunk portion. I agree with what Owen said about growing out a new leader then performing consecutive trunk chops to both heal some scars as well as put some taper in the top.

Thanks for sharing your project lvillebonsai.
 

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 06:42 AM »
While that might not be your favorite angle, that new leader is far along, with a lot of branch shoots available there too, don't second guess your original thought.

I would keep working it there.

Nice ;D
 

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2014, 09:29 AM »
I like the 2nd front.  Creating the hollow in the first front looks like it will come at the expense of that large root.  The 2nd front also has a branch at the top that could be chopped to to continue the movement and taper (off to the right, above the highest branch with wire on it).
 

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Re: Acer Rubrum Branching & Front
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2014, 03:30 PM »
I would keep both sides in mind, but work on the second one as primary front.  I might be tempted to chop the leader back and see if you get a nice side bud, that can become the new leader with a better angle off the top.  Healing those branch chops would be my first priority though. I'd get them cut back to where they really should end and get them healed.
Could be a very cool tree...