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Judy

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Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:30 AM »
With my interest in lessor used, and interesting barked D trees, I've been on the lookout for Stewartia for a while.  Mostly for Monodelpha, but was able to find a pseudocamellia with some promise.  With the bark being the focal point, I think that the lower part of the tree is the most important, so was happy to find one with such a decent base.  Did a bit of rootwork and lots of branch selection and a first wiring.  Have not decided on a front, although I'm leaning toward the first images, as it has the best base.  I will in all probability chop the secondary trunk back to the lowest branch to get some movement there.  If anyone has any growing experiences with these, I'd be pleased to hear what works and doesn't with these trees.
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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 11:31 AM »
Here is possibility 2 for a front.
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 11:34 AM »
And the last possible side for a front.  
I have not decided if I should leave or remove the small lowest branches on the trunk or leave them for a later possible idea.... I have actually thought about using one of those for the second trunk, or perhaps even leave the secondary and make it a 3fer. (probably not..)

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 11:48 AM »
Judy,

   Your eye for material is excellent. Another i love! ;D
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 01:17 PM »
Wow, this is a really nice tree Judy. I love Stewartia but I don't remember seeing one here yet. I like the first front myself.
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2014, 01:18 PM »
I like no.2 as the front.  The other views make the apex look fat.  In person, the tree probably looks fine, but in the photos is suggests swelling.
Nice base and trunk movement.  Good job.
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2014, 03:10 PM »
Yes Don, if I keep that front from view #1, one more branch (the fat one) needs to go. I kept it for now, cause I'm not sure yet. View 2 is good, but the base not quite as good.  But it may be better with the smaller trunk in front of larger trunk overall image.  I think my challenge this year will be to find it a place where it will stay relatively cool.  And wrap that black plastic pot with towels, I didn't even think about the heat that will generate...
Thanks Tim and Sorce
 I really like these, and trees that have bark patterns. (Chinese Quince!!) Could be cause I love sycamores so....
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 03:23 PM »
the pot won't be an issue.  I use tons of them.  Non-issue.  Your tree will be fine.
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 05:18 PM »
I use them occasionally as well, but had read that stewartias like their roots cool and moist, thats what is concerning me with this one.
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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 08:22 AM »
Well this tree is sure not as hard to keep as it would seem, as I have heard they can be picky... Maybe it's the other varieties, but this one is almost weed like in it's growth.  I've cut back twice on this, trying to form something better from the good base side.  I've gotten rid of several branches that were too heavy and straight up top.  The leaves are HUGE, but I'm sure that when it's ready, it won't be a problem to get them to reduce.  Here are a few fairly current pics, one from the  cut back and the rest after wiring and new growth.  If I use this side, I have not picked an angle yet from the last 3 pics, but I may even go single trunk, or cut the secondary trunk all the way back and regrow it for more shape, as it's so straight off the trunk currently.  I just can't tell yet if once the new leader catches up, if the continuation of the straight trunk will even it out visually.

Don you were right about the pot, it is growing like crazy.

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 08:27 AM »
Wow, I sure picked the wrong category for this tree, sorry about that, it's hardly an evergreen! Please move it if you like....
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 09:23 AM »
Looks like awesome stock to build upon Judy. I don't have a clue how this tree looks in the real so I went and did some research; I read that it flowers and has showy bark and autumn colors. what a species to have as bonsai :D

because it is growing like a weed and it is deciduous, I think you could defoliate it to reduce the leaves when the time comes to do it. I vote you do the trunk chop on the secondary trunk to get some early movement into it

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2014, 09:44 AM »
In it's current form, I like it better without the smaller trunk, at least from all the angles I've seen.
 

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2014, 09:57 AM »
In it's current form, I like it better without the smaller trunk, at least from all the angles I've seen.

Thats a good option too :)

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Re: Stewartia Pseudocamellia
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2014, 10:03 AM »
Only problem I see is that the main trunk without the secondary, lacks strong taper... which is more apparent when on it's own.  It's got some taper, but maybe not enough.