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JRob

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Fall Colors
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:05 PM »
Good Afternoon All,

Last night it dropped into the 40's for the first time this fall here in St. Louis and some of the landscape trees are beginning to show touches of their fall splendor. None of my bonsai have yet started to change. I'd be interested to see some pics over the next several weeks of bonsai putting on their fall color display if anyone as some they would like to share.

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JRob
 

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2009, 08:54 AM »
Good Morning All,

First on the bench to start its fall display - Japanese Musk Maple, Premna microphylla japonica. It was purchased from Don Blackmond at Gregory Beach Bonsai. Shohin 5-1/2" high. Lovely buttery soft yellow fall foliage.

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2009, 09:46 AM »
Very nice. That tree had (has) marvelous ramification. be sure to keep it pruned back to maintain the complexity of the fine branches. There is lots of woke already completed on that tree, and just a little more to make it a truly exceptional little tree.
That was one of my very favorite trees on Don's site for a long time.

John
(nice color too. My swwetgums are turning pretty fast- crimson)
 

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2009, 12:00 PM »
John,

Thanks. Shohin Kid and I really liked it also. I showed it at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden in my Shohin display which generated a lot of interest along with the other trees that came mostly from Don.

A Japanese Black Pine that was also purchased from him received a second place metal in the Shohin St. Louis 2009 Show (my first exhibit and convention). Don has wonderful trees. I have developed  a very respectable shohin collection from him in short order. I am captivated by his artistry and he is great to deal with.

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2009, 12:52 PM »
John,

I forgot to ask. I can find very little information on Japanese Musk Maples. When would you recommend is the right time to prune this deciduous tree? Don if you notice this thread please chime in as well.

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JRob
 

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 04:19 PM »
Early spring, when it starts to get bud swell. You will need to prune the current branches back to a bud near their attachment to the next branch. The tree will become too complex fairly quickly, so you will need to reduce fine branch numbers each year. You can help the process with partial defoliation, 1/2 tree at a time. I think that if you and the youngster ae serious, one of you should go and do some time with Boon. The intensives are the way to get the skills.

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Re: Fall Colors
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2009, 08:28 AM »
John,

I forgot to ask. I can find very little information on Japanese Musk Maples. When would you recommend is the right time to prune this deciduous tree? Don if you notice this thread please chime in as well.

Thanks,

JRob

I always perform hard pruning in the Spring after they show signs they are coming out of dormancy.  Once pruned, don't let it freeze or you will likely have some dieback.  You can do your typical maintenance pruning during the growth season as needed.  Watch your buds and new growth when pruning if you want to let it flower.