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Herman

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senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:01 AM »
Hi guys,

thought i would post some indigenous stuff I'm working on.

i've grown this from seed in about 4-6 years if i'm not mistaken. I am training it in a style natural to these trees in the wild.
it is only going into the refinement stage now so bare with me.

these trees tend not to have any nebari, trying to build nebari inadvertently kills them, though on this one i managed to build a weakish nebari, it has never been wired and has up to now been trained with grow and clip method. I plan to place some branches in other positions by wiring them this weekend. another attribute is that they girth up very fast. this tree has always been growing in bonsai pots and it is still girthing up every late summer. I will maybe have to re-train it if the trunk becomes too thick..

pics to follow
comments welcome

kind regards
Herman
 

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Re: senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 04:03 AM »
Excuse the bad pics. Was taken from my mobile

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Re: senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 08:14 AM »
Nice Herman.

Kind of looks like our Honey Locust.

Any pics of one growing naturally?
 

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Re: senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2014, 09:20 AM »
It's the compound leaves that remind you of honey locust right?

I don't have a picture on my phone, but you can google lennards bonsai beginnings, the guy loves training senegalia's. oh btw... we still call the genus acacia due to our stubborn nature here in africa ;) so when you search for trees of this species growing in the wild search for acacia burkei or acacia galpinii

to give you an idea of what i am aiming for:

the tree will have a wider canopy than it is tall, it will be a rounded open umbrella, but! this is where the kink comes in. the primary branches have to make angular bends(90 to 100 degrees) have taper, the same goes for secondary and terciary branches...to pull this off takes a long time. years and years of letting grow and cutting back hard to one bud every month during the growing season.


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Re: senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 02:28 AM »
and another for the fire wood bin...will make a nice braai with this one
 

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Re: senegalia burkei(black monkey thorn)
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 06:27 AM »
Don't know how I missed that.

Yes the compound leaves.!

I like this one too. Even more.

No fire ...