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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: thuan L. on February 08, 2013, 08:02 PM

Title: Twin trunks in forest planting
Post by: thuan L. on February 08, 2013, 08:02 PM
Here's a question based on forest composition. I know trees in forests plantings are supposed to be odd numbered. My question is are twin trunks considered one tree or two in a forest planting? I have 4 olive trees and one of them is a twin trunk. Does that make 5 in the forest or still 4?

Thanks!

Thuan
Title: Re: Twin trunks in forest planting
Post by: bwaynef on February 08, 2013, 09:02 PM
Feel free to disregard this response as its not the kind you're looking for, but if it looks good w/ the 4th tree, use it.  Don't let the "rule" prevent your enjoyment of a good composition.
Title: Re: Twin trunks in forest planting
Post by: thuan L. on February 08, 2013, 10:19 PM
Sound advice, I was just wondering if there was a rule of thumb.
Title: Re: Twin trunks in forest planting
Post by: Don Blackmond on February 09, 2013, 08:35 AM
The rule is per tree not per trunk.  A tree is a trunk emerging from the soil whether it stays one trunk or splits into more than one, so long as there is one trunk emerging from the soil.  A twin trunk is two trunks emerging from the same root system.

Bonsai rules have limitations imo.  This one for instance.  With low numbers it works; with high numbers its insignificant; to the extent that it is aesthetics.  If you consider it something more than aesthetics, then follow it to the "T", and don't walk under a ladder or let a black cat cross your path etc.  Meanwhile, you will not see a meaningful difference between a 34 tree grouping and a 35 tree grouping.  Reduce your numbers and at some point you will identify a point where it makes a difference depending on the grouping.  I have seen low numbered even numbered plantings that look great but will be frowned upon by those who dwell in ivory towers.... 
Title: Re: Twin trunks in forest planting
Post by: thuan L. on February 09, 2013, 02:23 PM
Thanks Don! I figure if I can avoid it I'll go traditional route but if it looks too good the way it is then we shall have to break some rules!