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Dave Murphy

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Japanese Red Pine
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:49 PM »
I've had this tree for about 8 years, purchased for a song during a member's day sale at New England Bonsai Gardens.  Unfortunately, I don't have pics of the tree from then.  It was truly an ugly tree, with all of it's foliage at the end of 4 long, straight branches...but it had a great trunk with lots of movement, some natural shari, and awesome bark.  Two of the branches were jinned, and the remaining two were wrapped with vet wrap and bent and twisted until they cracked...the canopy was built from those two branches.  Here it is a year or so after the first styling, and another one right after the tree moved with me to GA.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 07:52 PM »
This pine really likes GA and grows gangbusters here.  This is from 2 years ago, mid June.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 07:55 PM »
In the fall of 2012, the back became the front...some of the deadwood and nebari is lost or diminished, but the great trunk movement really shows from here.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 08:03 PM »
Here is the tree at the Carolina Bonsai Expo, 10/13, after being placed in a nice Bigei oval that spring.  The second picture is from 12/13, after it was rewired.
 

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 08:09 PM »
Here's the tree from a few weeks ago.  It's been de-candled and needle plucked at some point every year since it moved to GA and the strength of the foliage from top to bottom is becoming more equal each year.  This one is due to get de-candled again in 3-4 weeks.
 

Brian Van Fleet

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 10:02 PM »
Looking better all the time Dave!
 

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2014, 02:07 PM »
I have a crush on this tree, always have....
 

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2014, 02:23 PM »
Besides decandling in 3-4 weeks, what are in the plans for this one?
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2014, 02:56 PM »
Thanks guys.  As far as future plans for the tree, I'm going to continue the de-candling and needle plucking to increase ramification and reduce needle length, which will, in turn, let me build more defined pads in the canopy. 
 

jlushious

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2014, 03:27 PM »
Looks wonderful, I love seeing the red pines!
 

Adair M

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2014, 08:17 AM »
Here's the tree at the North Carolina Bonsai Expo back in October.
 

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2014, 09:33 AM »
Congratulations, beautiful tree and you've done a great job at managing the foliage.
 

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Re: Japanese Red Pine
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2014, 12:59 PM »
I really like it, particularly the descending branch.