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JTGJr25

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2009, 12:03 AM »
Jay, I do like this tree and I'm impressed by how well you have reduced the leaves.  One thing that I cant get over though is the slingshot look of the two trunks.  I was thinking you could remove the right trunk in the very first pic and rebuild the tree with the left trunk but I'm not sure how it would respond to this.  I'm not sure if anyone else feels the same way but I just cant get past how they look.  Just my opinion.

Tom
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2009, 12:33 AM »
lol! Tom,
My name for this tree is 'wrist rocket' 'cause it looks like a slingshot with an offset, contoured handle. ;D

This tree has evolved with me on the bonsai journey and the twin branches are the result off novice ignorance.
I wouldn't design/style a tree like that now, but I've invested too much time in this one and I've grown to actually like the way it looks. She's like a childhood friend.... I've lived with her flaws so long I hardly notice them.

It's not as noticeable while it's in leaf so I don't see it to think about but a few times a year (most of the time, if I want to see it bare even the winter, I have to pull the leaves my self- they won't fall off in the winter 'till the new leaves push them off.

I'm sure other people see the slingshot too.

Thanks for your input; If I, or the tree, was younger I would do like you say except I'd take out the left branch and really get some motion it the trunk. It wouldn't take all that long to rebuild it.

Thanks,
 Jay
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2009, 06:12 AM »
Jay, I think that You do good work with our native trees, I enjoy seeing all of your all that You do.
How Does the Florida Elms look right now. I love the small group that You posted on another site.
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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2009, 11:59 AM »
Ken,
I do enjoy playing with the natives. That's all I grow except for a couple of citrus.

I'm slowly learning how to bonsai some of them.....

The elm group is in a state of flux this year. Two of the trees in it died last year and I took the main tree out to grow separately in hopes of thickening the trunk. Whats left has just been trimmed like a hedge just to keep it in basic shape.

I'll probably put it all together next spring, but it won't be the same as before.

Thanks,
Jay
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2009, 12:02 PM »
Jay,
That is a shame what a sweet little group it was. That is the thing with Bonsai, always changing.
I remember that You also had some nice large ones too.
Ken
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2009, 12:34 PM »
Yes, I have a few larger/different ones. I'll work on posting something on them soon.

Jay
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2009, 01:17 PM »
Jay, I completely understand where your coming from.  Since it is a tree with that much meaning to you leaving it alone is a good plan.

Tom
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009, 05:00 PM »
Very nice tree Jay!  You alluded to thinking that this tree has taken a long time to develop...I noticed it was collected in 2003...6 years!  looks like great progress to me!  I also just collected about 50 of these from a swamp in SC...fully knowing that they can be a challenge but, like you, I look forward to the journey :)  Thanks for posting...

One question...do you remember when you did the first defoliation..(I hope I didn't miss that date in your posts)

Thanks,
John
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2009, 07:27 PM »
Hey John, thanks ,
Looking back I guess it just seems like a long time to be working on this tree. If I only knew when I started on it what I know now I would have been this far in 5 years instead of 6 ;D

You are pretty ambitious; 50 red maples collected! How about some pictures of the nicer ones?

I did the first defoliation this year on the 17th or 18th of March. I'm anxious to see what this 2nd leaf removal has on the leaf reduction and ramification. I'm hoping for a little finer twigging.

Jay
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2009, 10:30 AM »
Jay, from my experience with red maple you've done a great job.  They just don't produce lots of short internodes, and leaf size reduction isn't as much as we'd want either.  But they are wonderful trees, with their own unique characteristics.  Thanks for posting a great photo of a very nice red maple.

Zach
 

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2009, 10:50 AM »

I did the first defoliation this year on the 17th or 18th of March. I'm anxious to see what this 2nd leaf removal has on the leaf reduction and ramification. I'm hoping for a little finer twigging.

Jay

How did that defoliation work out for you?

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Re: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2011, 07:11 PM »
Have any updates on this one?