Author Topic: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress  (Read 8735 times)

bonsaikc

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2009, 09:41 AM »
Don, for shame! Such an amazing tree and not a word of text to describe it? :D I hope you will share with us more about this tree, including its history.

Chris
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2009, 10:03 AM »
flattop work in progress
probably switch to 2nd front and redo the top 4 better taper
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2009, 10:15 AM »
Don, for shame! Such an amazing tree and not a word of text to describe it? :D I hope you will share with us more about this tree, including its history.

Chris

This tree was dug in LA by a friend, Tim O'Neil.  He then worked it into the tree you see over the course of 12 (as I recall) or more years.  I acquired it (and a bunch of others) from him when he got bored with and burned out by his collection. 

It is a good example of a flattop bald cypress, but could be better if the top/apex pad is thinned out a bit and made more shallow/compact and the lower branches are brought in so that there is an upside down triangle shape - wide apex with each lower branch level progressively not as wide.
 

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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2009, 04:11 PM »
flattop work in progress
probably switch to 2nd front and redo the top 4 better taper

Hello Don,  thanks for adding to the thread.  I very much like the first tree you posted....the width of the apex is seems a little wide but it still works.  I definitely like the ramification. 

This tree

appears to be a male :o

Thanks again...
John
 

bonsaikc

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2009, 10:29 AM »
Yes, Don, Thanks! My first impression was that the top was a bit too full. But it's a fantastic tree!

Chris
 

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2009, 11:57 AM »
same one
 

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2009, 12:12 PM »
Very, very impressive Don! Would love for mine to be half this good  but mine will probably end up in the immature style. Now I don't want to see this one up for auction or ya may just be hearing from me  ;) ;D Wonder what the lottery is up to now?  :P
 

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2009, 12:52 PM »
flattop work in progress
probably switch to 2nd front and redo the top 4 better taper

Very impressive trees Mr Blackmond, but I noticed one is on a cart, do you normally leave them in one place in the summer and move them into the greenhouse in the winter?

keep it green,
Harry
 

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009, 01:00 PM »
Wow Don, I really like that tree (last pic).  It reminds me of the Monterey Cypresses along the Northern California Coast.  Thanks for posting it!

Alex
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2009, 01:50 PM »
Harry, I put it on the cart to move it to where I had a uniform (peeling paint) background.  It didn't work so well.  The other pictures of the same tree are near where it normally sits (and the background is worse for photos).  Its too big to carry unless you have a second set of hands  No one helps me :'(, so I use the cart.
 

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Re: Learning to create Flat-top Style Bald Cypress
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2009, 07:26 PM »
At least ya got a cart...a good flat cart. No one helps me and I must move my bigguns alone.