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Michael T

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One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« on: March 22, 2011, 12:09 AM »
Ok, may be a little strong for this one, but . . .

Happened to be driving along with the family when I noticed this Taxus pulled out of the ground laying in a front yard.  Looked promising, pulled over, asked the owner and they were happy to be rid of it.  

Brought it back, cleared out the garden soil, potted in pure turface and its already pushing new buds inside a week.  Not too surprising because it had a pretty large root ball with a mess of fine feeder roots.

I'll leave it be for at least this season, probably next as well before I do anything further.

That said, I always like to plan and this one seems to have two options:

(1)  Bend the long leader (I've tested it a bit with a branch bender and it will extend vertically) upward making it an informal upright; or

(2) a semi cascade by taking the present leader (there's also a second thinner and easier bending branch that runs parallel to it) and bending it upward, then taking one of the three branches located in the inside of the first curve and bending them downward.  

I suppose I could do something slanting as well.

Also, the exposed nebari has a few crossing roots that will need to go, but the nebari below the soil line is nearly perfectly radial.  Pretty nice stuff.  I buried it to hopefully developed roots closer into the trunk line allowing me to safely remove the crossing roots and shorten the longer subsurface roots. The base is 4 to 5 inches across.

The main trunk line has an extensive broken up line of exposed shari and natural jin as well.  The shari line has some well developed scarring along the edges as well.  

 I'd appreciate any thoughts, suggestions, honest criticisms, etc.

  
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Michael T

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 12:13 AM »
Close up of part of shari and main trunk line.
 

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011, 09:15 AM »
Dang, I've got to go yard-crawling more often!  ;) Seriously, the word "serendipity" comes to mind. Very nice piece of material.

Since you ask for thoughts, I'd go with semi-cascade concept. Two reasons: I like drama in bonsai, and I've seen some very impressive semi-cascade yew bonsai. The genus seems to lend itself well to that style, in my observation.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2011, 09:36 AM »
Certainly a few options for this one.  I think letting it grow and recover for a few seasons is a wise decision.

If it were mine, I'm not sure I would bend it up.  I see a smaller tree hiding in there, with some more movement.  I've got the bending jack ready to go, if you're interested.  :)
 

Michael T

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011, 11:22 AM »
John,

You're the second person to suggest a small tree. I really hadn't considered that.

What about a cascade, i.e., tilt the lower trunk and then bring down the branching.  I could extend a thinner branch up to form a new apex starting somewhere down the length of the trunk.

That would expose the shari and jin along the first bend leaving it as a good focal point.
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011, 05:56 PM »
Cascade? Nah. I feel the Cascade style gets trotted out when there's nothing obviously possible with given material.

I believe this would be better off as a much smaller bonsai ; think 1/5 the height of the current tree...
 

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2011, 06:47 PM »
Hi Michael,

Great find! Plenty of potential in this one, and a nice foliage. Keep us updated on its development.

Best regards,
Josef
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 08:55 AM »
Update please, that's a nice tree!
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2013, 10:37 AM »
I, too, vote for the short tree.
 

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2013, 05:53 PM »
I'll make four. Small tree.3 perfect branches, small top. Perf.
Good luck
Qualicum Brian
 

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Re: One Man's Garbage Another Man's Treasure
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2013, 04:42 PM »
Before I realized this thread was 2 years old, I made a virt. Oh well, since I did it, here it is. I think a smaller tree is the best bet. I would like to see an update though.

Rob