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october

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Yamadori sitka spruce
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:27 PM »
Hello all.. This was a tree I purchased a couple of months ago from John Kirby. A great artist and a great guy. This tree was originally collected by Dan robinson in Canada about 10 years ago. Upon selling the tree to me, John had suggested to do the work on it in July. It is hard to believe 2 months has already gone by.
 
Anyway, here is the tree. The tree is around 8 inches tall with a 3 inch base.
 
Here are some befores and afters.
 
Rob
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2012, 06:46 PM »
Very, very nice. It took a long time (about a decade) to get that little devil to actually grow well. I was always torn between making a cascade vs an informal upright. I think that you have built a nice and interesting tree- one that will make folks turn their heads at its quality and rareness.
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2012, 07:13 PM »
Thank you very much John.. I had the same thoughts about the tree in regards to informal and cascade. I thought that since the tree is yamadori, that maybe straight forward styling need not be adhered to here. The fact that it was created by nature is good enough for me. Also, the fact of how thick the first branch is..Now that it is styled, the first branch seems to suit the tree well. I suppose a jining under the branch could be applied to make it appear thinner. However, I am liking the power of the tree with the first branch and the combo of informal and a bit of cascade.

Also, if I may, I would like to ask you a question regarding pruning. Right now, the tree has good structure. When the new buds pop and grow, should they be cut back or should I maybe wait for the second flush to open and then prune back?  I pruned the tree so that branches were left with the buds on the ends. I only had to cut a branch or two right in the middle of it.

Thank you in advance

Rob
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2012, 07:35 PM »
Nice work Rob.
You have a great little tree there, and the styling done very well.
Would love to see a pic of the sides and back.

thanks for sharing.

jason
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2012, 08:04 PM »
Thank you JMEK

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2012, 09:13 PM »
As the buds extend in April/May cut them in half, they will bud back at the base of the needles. Makes for fine banching.
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2012, 09:46 PM »
Thank you very much John.

Sincerely,
Rob
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2012, 11:25 AM »
Rob,

Excellent work.

Andy
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2012, 11:37 AM »
Beautiful tree, Rob.

I'm jealous.  But, I don't think I can grow spruce here in GA.  I think our summers are too hot and our winters too short and too warm.

I may be wrong about that, but I haven't seen any spruce growing wild around here lately...

Adair

PS:  I'm glad to hear that John Kirby is a good guy.  I hear he's a SoB!

PPS:  I'm looking to start Boon's Intensive series this fall.  I'm looking forward to being a SoB, too!

 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2012, 12:29 PM »
Adair, schedule erly with Boon, the Intensives are filling earlier and earlier. I ad the tree in NW Arkansas for 9 years. It was always under30%shade,  it likes humid and temperate paces. Unlike. Englemann's,  Black Hillsr Colorado Blue Spruce, ths tree snot a fan of exceptionally cold climates. But, I think Georgia might be a bit of a reac- a real case of zone envy!
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2012, 01:10 PM »
Awesome material and I like what you've done Rob.  Congrats!
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2012, 04:16 PM »
Thanks Andy, Adair and Chris.. It always makes a difference when starting with great material..

John..I'm here in Massachusetts and have been giving the tree about 5-6 hours of sun a day. Of course, it has been around 90 degrees f for the last 2 weeks. When it hits the low to mid 90's, I usually move it to a shady spot.

Rob
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2012, 05:42 PM »
Rob, understand, in Mass the shade is not as essential. One year we had over 90 days above 90, 30+ at or above 100, and being on a rural hill top, we had a lot of really dry and hot wind. You are in a great climate for this one!
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2012, 06:13 PM »
Ya.. I thought this was a good climate for it. It seems to really be doing well at my house. Actually, I sometimes move all my trees when the temps are steadilly in the 90's + for a days at a time. I realize that this is probably not neccessary. It is just that most of my trees are shohin or slightly larger. Just giving them some protection here and there..

Rob
 

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Re: Yamadori sitka spruce
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2012, 11:21 PM »
Rob,

Masakuni sells tools that can fix that "Slightly larger" problem!   :D