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Jerry Norbury

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2010, 01:46 PM »
I have an Amur and several of its offspring in the ground. An amazingly resilient species.

I bought mine in 1985 and abandoning it in my mothers garden in England in a large plant pot in a very shady spot. As far as I can tell she never watered it (England being a wet place in general) but 20 years later it was still alive so I took it to Holland (where I live). It was three times bigger than I could fit in my hand luggage so I chopped ALL the branches off.

Needless to say it gets leaf stripped every year and I take cuttings off it too. Lesser species won't accept this kind of abuse...

It is now 25 years in my possession and has reached the princely height of 7.5 inches or 19cm.






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seth ellwood

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2010, 02:20 PM »
Nice to see one in a more naturalistic style vs a japanese style.
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2010, 02:28 PM »
Jerry,

She's a Shohin beauty. Nice job. Thanks for both pics with & without the foliage,

JRob
 

John Kirby

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2010, 04:05 PM »
OK Seth, I'll bite. Why is this tree "naturalistic" vs Japanese (and why is that something to be proud of?)? It is kind of like that old battery commercial where the actor put a battery on his shoulder and challenged someone to try and knock it off.

 I like this tree a lot, it shows what careful work can start to do with this species. My thoughts were if it were a Japanese tree (a japanese show tree at least) it would have far greater ramification and taper on the branches- something that is very difficult (in my experience) with Amur maples because of their strong growth and lack of response to all but the most careful seasonal pruning and defoliation. I also realize that this tree has actually not been in training the whole time that it has been owned.
 

seth ellwood

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2010, 07:51 PM »
Maybe Japanese was a bad choice of word. What I meant was  I can envision this tree growing in the wild somewhere. It has a nice rounded foilage mass and is a more natural vs the drastic  and triangular shapes as the pine,juniper is usually styled in as well as other trees.To me and maybe I am biased due to my exposure but a good amount of trees I have seen are styled in that fashion that come out of japan( again not all). What I have been experiencing in other parts of the world through forums such as this one is a more natural or native style progressing (Not to say the Japanese do not have these as well again this is based on my personal opinion).This tree to me seems to be going in that direction and I can appreciate that in the design elements.This tree reminds me of a very large oak tree that is growing near where I live.
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2010, 07:59 PM »
Thanks, I look at the naked tree, to see structure. Nice work Jerry. John
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2010, 02:23 AM »
Thanks both.

Yes, it's unusual that after owning it for 25 years it's only now developing ramification!

I've spent the last few years actually just bringing it back down to this size and dealing with an unruly root system. I will now grow outwards from here but very much in a naturalistic style - as are nearly all my trees. It will remain shohin though (again as are nearly all my trees).
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2011, 02:09 PM »
Forgot to update w/ pics that I posted for the TotM contest.

This was after a good wiring.
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2011, 02:11 PM »
Not sure its an improvement, but I didn't like it in that deep pot.  I was able to work out several issues with the roots that don't translate well to photographs, but in a few years I'll be able to lift a little more taper out from under the soil.  Thoughts on the new pot?
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2011, 02:27 PM »
Not sure its an improvement, but I didn't like it in that deep pot.  I was able to work out several issues with the roots that don't translate well to photographs, but in a few years I'll be able to lift a little more taper out from under the soil.  Thoughts on the new pot?

It is a good pot to use while developing the tree.  As for showing the tree, I don't care for the pot.  Imho, it is too big, depth included.  I'd choose a less rustic pot.  Something with soft lines, subtle outward lip, and mellow color probably tan/yellow or light blue/gray.  I'd use an oval shape.  But that is just my opinion.  Take it for what its worth, since I have some humdinger tree/pot combos.   ::)
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Jerry Norbury

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2011, 05:27 PM »
I'd give you $100 for this any day of the week.
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2013, 07:11 AM »
Bwayne, Jerry,

   Can we see those Amurs again? I would like to take some cuttings this spring, what works for your Any chance of rooting something thick and old?  Air layer?

 Thanks guys!

 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2013, 09:46 AM »
The squirrels got this one.
 

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2013, 12:36 PM »
That's a bummer. This was a cool little amur.
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: Amur Maple
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2013, 08:54 AM »
Bwayne, Jerry,

   Can we see those Amurs again? I would like to take some cuttings this spring, what works for your Any chance of rooting something thick and old?  Air layer?

 Thanks guys!



Here back in April as the leaves were coming out. It had a bit of a funny year - there were quite a few fungus issues in my garden.

All the photos of that tree are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/sets/72157625480843797