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eastern white pine, are they really as bad as everyone says?

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rockm:
In collecting ANY tree for bonsai, it usually comes down to "is it worth the trouble?" That usually means if the first three feet of a wild grown tree is nice or even remarkable, it can be a candidate regardless of species quirks. If you dig the pine, is the trunk and resulting final image going to be good enough to ignore the long internodes, smooth bark, etc.?

In short--If the plant has movement in the lower third of the trunk, has some decent trunk girth and rougher mature looking plated bark, go for it...

mc4mc44:
thanks a lot you guys, those trees are great. matsubonsai, you can expect a pic of the tree as soon as its collected and as long as everything goes well. thanks again everybody, mike.

Treebeard55:
I also shied away from Pinus strobus, until I was pulled up short by Jim Doyle's splendid bunjin at the Mid-America. Now I'm reconsidering.

Good picture, Don. I think your pic turned out a little better than mine.  :D

Alain Bertrand:

--- Quote from: mc4mc44 on March 07, 2011, 09:12 PM --- the needles do not reduce.

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A few months ago, in a French and Spanish bonsai magazine, there was an article translated from Japanese (probably published first in bonsai sekai) which showed total defoliation of JBP to get shorter needles. Why not give a try with some trees before collecting any ?

mc4mc44:

--- Quote from: Alain Bertrand on March 09, 2011, 11:35 AM ---
--- Quote from: mc4mc44 on March 07, 2011, 09:12 PM ---

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A few months ago, in a French and Spanish bonsai magazine, there was an article translated from Japanese (probably published first in bonsai sekai) which showed total defoliation of JBP to get shorter needles. Why not give a try with some trees before collecting any ?

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i could never do that, if i killed the tree i would never forgive myself. and i searched "defoliation on japanese black pine" on google and nothing came up. do you have any link to an article like it online?

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