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John Kirby

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2009, 09:14 AM »
Hi Alex,
Good to see that you made it back to the frosty midwest. Personally, I think the tree and pot go extremely well together, as well. The current pot really fits the tree, I think it is deep enough to give the tree a real sense of stability, I also love the color and the overall look/patina that comes with sitting on the bench for a god deal of time with a tree in it. But, one never knows what one will see in a different pot, makes the exercise of pot swapping fun. You going back out to Palo ALto soon?

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2009, 01:10 PM »
That's a really nice tree Don - wow!

I'm with Alex, but would defer to you and others with more experience - I wonder if a gray pot would blend a bit too much with the trunk, especially given how imposing that trunk is.  I like the current pot it's in, but maybe it's worth seeing a few virts to see if the gray pot would work better.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2009, 01:25 PM »
Why do you worry about the pot if the tree is more than five years away of regaining it's beauty. The current pot is fine. Just plant it more to the left the next time.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2009, 05:17 PM »
Why do you worry about the pot if the tree is more than five years away of regaining it's beauty. The current pot is fine. Just plant it more to the left the next time.

I was just wondering about the other pot.  Just to see what general thoughts people may have about it.

I have an old mikawa japanese black pine in the other pot, and its content to stay that way for a few more years.

Just thinking out loud; not worrying.  Offering the opportunity for dialogue.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2009, 07:38 PM »
I always like to find good pots for a tree when I can, I am not sure that any unglazed pot will really make this tree its best.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2009, 08:54 PM »
normally I would not use unglazed but the grey clay could be good.  I have 2 styles; 1 deeper and 1 about as shallow.  Both tokoname.  I'll see if I can get a photo.

I like pottery, especially good large pots.  They are expensive, so I'm always on the lookout for good ones at good prices.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2009, 08:40 AM »
Don-Winter always seems like a good time to fuss over pots etc.  I am sure you could find a nice glazed pot for this tree, but honestly I prefer old trees that are very ramified to be in unglazed pots.  Glazed pots always seem to distract from the tree, as if the lack of leaves in winter causes a deficiency that must be made up for with a colorful pot.  On a young tree that is great, it needs it.  But on an old tree like this, I don't think you have any need to distract the viewer.  If you did go for a glazed pot I would make it something subtle like a cream or a dark blue, and avoid bright colors.  There are probably a dozen good pots for this tree, but finding the exact right pot is in my opinion, worth the effort.

John-We are still trying to get the DNA amplification sorted out, I am hoping to make it for the show, but I am not holding my breath.  I had a great time seeing everyone, it was nice to get out of the snow and get back to the Bay Area for a few days.

Alex
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2014, 02:36 PM »
I have mentioned recently in some postings that I tend to like trees that don't follow the rules and have unique features.  This tree is one of them.  Its an old imported Chinese Hackberry.  It was owned by a friend of mine and while he had it I always admired it.  There is just something about it that appeals to me.  

It needs some work but nothing major.  During a bad storm last season it actually blew off the bench and the apex of the main trunk was broken out.  You can see where it is stubbed off.  There are several new shoots to select from in order to regrow the lead there.  It lost 4"-5" of canopy at that spot, and that will take a couple of seasons to replace.  All in all, it was minor damage considering the tree dropped 3 feet to the ground.

In any case, the bottom left branch, or secondary trunk if you prefer that terminology, stands in the face of many rules.  Yet, that is what makes this tree excellent.  A long time ago, someone exhibited tremendous bravery when building this tree.  Or, maybe it was dumb luck experimenting on a worthless piece of stock with no future.  Regardless, this is a case where ignoring formal rules created great bonsai.
 

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Re: Large Old Imported Chinese Hackberry
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2014, 06:10 AM »
Any news about this handsome, old tree?