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Anthony

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The Gmelina
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:27 PM »
I am not sure what Gmelina type this is - h or p. but we use it as hedge.
It is a sun lover, and apart from attacks by Parasol [ called Bachac locally ] ants, leaf cutters, apparently the leaves are sweet at any age.Good for feeding the Queen ant.

Responds well to fertilizer and being pruned.
Soil is a simple inorganic to compost mix.

It is leaf dense, not branchlet nor are the branchlets of the finer quality.
Still it is an excellent shrub to work with.

Suspect that this plant comes from South China, and is therefore, possibly sub-tropical. Only tests in a Sub-tropical zone will prove this.

With age the bark at the base of the trunk cracks, and the roots thicken, raising up above the soil.
I will add more information as I remember it.
Thanks.
Anthony

[1] Front
[2] Side

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Re: The Gmelina
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 10:39 PM »
The side.

The back
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 10:44 PM »
Other Side.

Age is about 30 years or so, and it is from a cutting.
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013, 04:43 PM »
Okay.This how the training is controlled. By a drawing.
In this case the drawing created the tree.
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013, 04:46 PM »
Okay here is another effort and the drawing that controls it.
However this time, it is mass only drawing.
About 17 years old from a cutting.
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013, 04:49 PM »
This plant can also be grown as pea sized, mame' or shohin, and of course larger.
2 more examples.
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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013, 07:07 PM »
Thank you for posting this Anthony. Very interesting species and nice specimens.

How long before the stage that the trees are at now, were the drawings made?

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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013, 09:54 PM »
Andy,

for the first tree, the drawing was done as the cutting rooted [ 3 or so leaves ]

For the second, the basic shape existed and then the drawing was made.

This is a technique my brother-in-law has practiced from the start, because he thought of treating a seedling or cutting as a painter [ he is a Fine Artist, specialises in Imaginative Multi-Figurative work - think Raphael, Titian or Rubens ] would a blank canvas.

So as he learns all he can about a tree [ say Elm ] he draws an image, and then proceeds to grow a tree into that shape.
It is not meant to be an exact duplicate as 3d work has a different effect to a 2d drawing, but he finds it to be more enjoyable to work in that manner.
[ it is the same as one prepares an oil study and cartoon for a painting, changes are made to enhance the beauty -- it is a philosophy that states---- it is what works and looks good on the canvas.]

He will also place the basics of a tree - say root/trunk/ main branches / branchlets and just allow the tree to age. The trunk will normally be just a pencil.
To him time has no meaning, and if he should die, hopefully another will step in and continue the work.
Hope this makes sense to you.
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Anthony
 

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Re: The Gmelina
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2013, 09:54 AM »
Thank you for the explanation Anthony.That is a great attitude and process for tree development. I wonder how many of us "hackers" work in this way as compared to the really great artists and professionals.

I know I don't.