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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Owen Reich on July 21, 2012, 09:22 AM

Title: Stewartia monadelpha
Post by: Owen Reich on July 21, 2012, 09:22 AM
Here is my blog post on the matter.  I've entered it into the "Tree of the Month" contest too. 

http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/stewartia-monadelpha/ (http://bonsaiunearthed.com/fujikawa-kouka-en/stewartia-monadelpha/)

Title: Re: Stewartia monadelpha
Post by: Minogame on July 21, 2012, 01:55 PM
Owen, thanks for your information on this species. Is the preferred style as you've shone it (a modified pine tree shape)? Admittedly I did not know much, especially back in '93' when i started this pair from seedlings, but I took my inspiration from the common name of Tall Stewartia. It has had very little wire on it, mostly trimming. I admit it's feeling is of a young tree, because of taper, branch structure, and lack of fine branching, but is it a more natural shape?
It's flowers opened today! Perhaps I'll get to trimming!
I also maintain a S. Pseudocamellia that was trained in Japan and has the classic branch structure.
Title: Re: Stewartia monadelpha
Post by: Owen Reich on July 21, 2012, 06:45 PM
Your bonsai looks pretty real  :).  I've seen old ones in gardens and in the woods over here.  The one I styled falls into the grey area of possibilities. I don't think it's in a pine style, but an idealized form as if the tree had no competition for sun.  It would be shown in a year or two when the branches lifted up a bit more again.  Your bonsai is looking good  ;D.
Title: Re: Stewartia monadelpha
Post by: scottroxburgh on July 22, 2012, 11:30 AM
Thanks for the info mate.

Stewartia is hard to come by in Aus, but even harder to find good info.