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Don Blackmond

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Japanese Maple Forest
« on: December 02, 2009, 07:56 PM »
about 32" tall
natural stone slab
9 trees dug from an old nursery
 

John Romano

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 09:32 PM »
Nice Don,
Hard to find such a good variety of aged trees to make a nice mature group planting like that.
John Romano
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 12:23 AM »
That looks great Don..  Is this in your personal collection or is this one of the trees I am going to get to pick from in the spring?
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 07:05 AM »
That looks great Don..  Is this in your personal collection or is this one of the trees I am going to get to pick from in the spring?

personal, but for the right price....   ;)
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 08:37 AM »
 I really like the depth and movement between the two groups.  It really feels like I could walk throught the opening in the middle.  When I get that feeling I know I am looking at a really well put together forest.  Great job !  For the right price, hmmmm....
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 10:25 AM »
First, let me say that this arrangement of trees, as well as their development really creates the impression of a forest in nature.

If this was a single tree (of this same quality) planted in a pot, it would be grossly over-potted.  The fact that it is a forest doesn't lessen the perception.  The first thing I notice is that this forest sits on a (near-)perfectly flat uniform mound of soil/muck/forest floor.  Additional separation and interest could be given to the planting with some diversity of height  (of soil in the planting) and possibly shape near the edges of the slab.

Having only worked with forests of this quality and age a handful of times, I understand that there are difficulties in rearranging the layout or altering too much what its planted in.  I'd expect over a few years/repottings some diversity of height/thickness/slope could be added without sacrificing the health of the plant (either by taking off the top, or shaving away the bottom??).

Would that be an improvement in anyone else's mind?  I've seen forests purchased from big names that are "potted" similarly and always wondered about it.

(But, to be clear, this is (another) very fine tree.  Thanks for sharing.)
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 11:40 AM »
I'm usually not a big fan of forests, but this is absolutely fantastic.  Thanks very much for sharing Don.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 12:25 PM »
bwaynef this composition has not be repotted in about 5 years and that accounts for some of the uniformity in soil height (due to root swell).  when repotted, there will be less uniformity.  also, the slab is flat and that accentuates the appearance of uniform height.
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2009, 11:38 AM »
Don, did you find these trees with the bark already in this color or have you done something to get them matured and white. I have several Japanese Green Maples and they tend to stay green for a long time, even as they mature. I have heard that you can paint them with a mild Lime Sulfur solution (not sure of the recipe for mild) but have not tried it. I wonder if anyone here has tried this technique and with what results. It seems logical that you would do this in the dormant season as not to damage the leaves. Your forest is beautiful, in the dormant photo you can see the evident age on these trees. Thanks, Don.
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2009, 12:13 PM »
Or you can get mature trees. 1 part LS to 30-40 parts water gives you a good dormant spray that will stain the bark. but it doesn't look the same.

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Don Blackmond

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2009, 05:42 PM »
donmaple these are just old trees and the bark is natural.  John Kirby mas mentioned a diluted solution of lime sulfur that will work to clean up trunks.  I use a similar mix to clean trunks, remove mosses and lighten bark.  I try for 1 to 30 ratio but its not science, just ballpark.  Stronger solutions will make the bark look artificially white, almost like diluted paint.  Anyway, age makes lighter color bark; kind of like hair as we age.
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2009, 12:43 PM »
additional shots with some leftover Fall color while sitting in my greenhouse.  maybe over the holiday i will get the leaves off.  maybe...
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2009, 11:47 AM »
The morning of Christmas Eve I took the shop vac to it.  After 40 minutes of sweeping and plucking...this is what it looks like.  Sorry about the clutter and poor backdrop, but I don't have enough space to move it around right now.  Next step is directional pruning.  After that, wiring time.
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2014, 06:10 AM »
Did anyone pay the right price? Or is this something you can......

Update?

Thanks Don. I love the double trunk to the right. Great forest.
 

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Re: Japanese Maple Forest
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2014, 08:03 AM »
sold and living in Colorado