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andy graham

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Ficus "Golden Gate"
« on: April 26, 2014, 10:39 AM »
This is one I've been working on for a few years.

It's obviously not finished. I've been debating(with myself) which way to take the apex.

Any suggestions?
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 04:08 PM »
Looks great! I would think about removing the lowest branch that is drooping down on the left. I think it would balance out the tree visually.
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 08:00 PM »
Can we see different angles? 30-45ºcw maybe.

What are your thoughts Andy?
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 10:31 PM »
If it was mine I will remove the lower left branch, change the planting angle a more to the left and wire the top part of the three to follow the movement created after changing the planting angle.
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2014, 05:38 AM »
I was thinking the same as Ortiz.

Or.

Chasing back the left and lopping everything right of the branch directly over the center of the base, which would be your new appex. 
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2014, 05:53 AM »
Just a thought from someone who doesn't do tropicals.....
I would look at removing the entire branch that appears to be the apex at this times the one on the right.
With this removed it appears the tree will have more of a rounded apex and look more like the bay an trees in nature.
Just my two cents
Jay
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 08:34 AM »
My idea was to extend and lower the lower(almost cascading) right branch and bring the apex back towards the trunk. It would be a larger tree than it is now.

Removing the left hand branch is not out of the question though. When I cover it(in the photo) with my hand, I see exactly what you guys are saying. It would be more balanced.

Jay,

Most of my trees are styled in a banyan manner. I was trying for something a little different for variety's sake. Not to start a deep philosophical discussion, but I'm not real keen on ONLY styling trees to represent their particular variety in nature.
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2014, 10:43 AM »
If you tilt it left until the apex and the cascade are vertical, and take off the cascading part of the left branch, your apex will be above the base again,, and you will lose the sideways tbar it creates.

I think that line between the apex and the bottom of the cascade is too long. Distracting.
The rest of the left branch is critical though.

I appreciate the foilage on the right near the trunk, mostly because i don't much care for that bare underneath arch look, but it kind of leads you (me) to that sideways tbar.

Any way to open that pad up a tiny bit to reveal the trunk?

Fantastic by the way.

Oh and, if you whack the very tip of the apex and that cascader, i see a few nice flat top pads and a flat apex. Tilted left again.... Looks awesome in my head.

More pics ;)
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014, 06:58 PM »
Andy, thanks for the explanation. My suggestion was more for my own (selfish) learning. I can appreciate your desire to grow out this tree so as to give a different look. Heck, it is your tree. And I appreciate the chance to chime in.
Seeing some of your other trees I have little doubt this will be be something.
Jay
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2014, 05:21 AM »
Have you thought of something different...like the way the Vietnamese style their figs?
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2014, 09:07 AM »
quick trim and still no real direction.
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 10:34 AM »
A few diff. angles
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 10:35 AM »
open for discussion.
 

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Re: Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2014, 10:51 AM »
I'd love to see it between pics 6 & 7.  (Closer to 6 than 7 I think.)

Andy, I really like this tree.  Its not the typical* banyan (that you've clearly mastered) ...and yet it looks wild and natural.




*whatever "typical" means.