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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Judy on October 24, 2014, 12:30 PM

Title: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on October 24, 2014, 12:30 PM
Thought I'd share my shohin crape myrtles here, they are in good fall color currently.
They do look a bit shaggy this year, as I was allowing free growth for the summer.
This is my big based one, it is an interesting tree, the trunk has a nice muscular flow to it.  Branches are starting to get heavier finally.  They do take some time to thicken in a pot, but my climate here doesn't allow ground growth for these.

Progression shots.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on October 24, 2014, 12:33 PM
more photos, last one is the very first pic I can find of it.  On a table with other starter material... The two middle shots are current.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on October 24, 2014, 10:34 PM
Looks great! I see a lot of potential
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: 0soyoung on October 25, 2014, 12:11 AM
I like this tree and its leaf colors.

BTW, IIRC you also have a stewartia psudocamelia. I am curious about how they 'stack up', one versus the other (stewartia versus myrtle) and where/how you got this myrtle.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on October 25, 2014, 07:00 AM
I got this tree on ebay 5 (?) years ago, from Brian Underwood.  I actually had some odd luck here, as I had bought a crabapple from him, but it met with an accident before it shipped.  He offered me something "different" and I said yes.  Along came this stump. 

As far as comparison, I've only had the stewartia since late winter, so can't say as of yet, but the stewartia is beginning to turn. 
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on April 07, 2015, 08:42 AM
A new pot this year.  Nice clean line Yamaaki. 
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Kodama16 on June 19, 2015, 11:48 PM
Love the pot! Judy I keep coming up on your trees and loving them. Must have a great collection ????
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on June 20, 2015, 09:22 AM
Thanks Kodama, I have shed the lesser quality stuff recently and have had time to really work on the nice stuff.  Very freeing, and the collection shows the results of more time.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: DorianJF on July 10, 2015, 03:22 AM
Very Nice Judy

I agree totally.  Love the pot.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on July 11, 2015, 08:52 AM
I love the pot too.  I love the trunk as well, but I'm starting to dislike the branching.  Thinking of an overhaul to start over a bit with this.  Getting rid of low left branch for sure.  But the rest of the branches look contrived to me.  I'd be open to suggestions.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on July 11, 2015, 02:42 PM
Actually no suggestions needed now, I got itchy and redid the thing over today.  Now has potential to look like a tree instead of a shrub... Pictures maybe...
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: butlern on July 11, 2015, 04:05 PM
Yes, please, Judy.

Post a picture. I'm very interested in your perspective on shrub vs. tree, and how you are moving to accomplish this.

I think your myrtle look great as it is (was), by the way! I have two, still nursery stock-condition, and only about 3-5 years old, so that's why I'm particularly interested.

Noah
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on July 11, 2015, 09:10 PM
Ok will do that tomorrow.  Mostly editing the branches, lifting the crown so that it reads like a trunk and branches, instead of a big ball of foliage lower around the main stem of a shrub.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on July 12, 2015, 03:41 PM
Here is the updated tree.  I think it's an improvement for the long run, we will see.
Also did the same to my other myrtle, it had the same sort of shrub feel going on. It still has something with the top right pair of branches that my eye doesn't like but will leave that for some other day.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: butlern on July 12, 2015, 08:38 PM
Looks great, Judy!

Thanks for the photo and insight into your grand plan. I think you managed the "ball" of foliage very well. I look forward to future updates.

Noah
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: MadMax on July 13, 2015, 09:18 AM
Enormous improvement. Well done.
Title: Re: crape myrtle
Post by: Judy on July 13, 2015, 12:16 PM
Thanks, I feel like the blue potted one still has something to cut, just can't decide which one...