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« on: May 16, 2014, 01:52 PM »
In the spirit of posting progressions, here is a tree that I'm overhauling.  This tree had been quite the beauty in it's day, as seen in the photo from it's previous owner.  The tree suffered quite a large amount of dieback, but had been brought back to health by Don B., who got it from the maker after the dieback event.  
I did quite a bit of work last fall, as shown in the photos.  I have since changed my front to the opposite side, for the better nebari.  Today, I did a second wiring and moved quite a lot of secondary branching, and tightened up the tree overall.  There are quite a few good new shoots in good places, I still hope that one will pop in the obvious place... But I look to have enough branching even if not.  
I will smooth out the chop locations this summer and it will look much better.  It is growing strongly, and I'm mostly letting it grow this year, I only cut back on the strong side and apex.   I did reduce the length of the lowest left branch, and tree seems tighter for it.  I will most likely reduce the lower right large branch too.
I will probably change the angle slightly to the left, and it will get a clockwise turn as well.
First pic is how the tree appeared before the health issues.
Second last fall before work
Third, after work, and from the intended front
Last, after todays work, from the new front and slight turn.

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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 04:46 PM »
That tree was once very nice, and has the chance to return to glory.  My friend repotted it and believes he root pruned it too aggressively.  The tree weakened and there was significant dieback.  He then let it go.  I acquired it.  It came with a bonus of about 10 pounds of aphids.  :o  It spent a couple of years recovering and building vigor.  Judy was looking for a new, interesting tree with tremendous potential, saw it, liked it, acquired it.  Now its back on track and in good hands.

This tree was a stump from an old landscape nursery about 25 years ago.  With time, and attention to detail, it will again be special.


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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 04:54 PM »
Nice Tree Judy, I'm excited for you about this one!!!

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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2014, 07:31 PM »
Cool tree, looks like your doing a good job w/ it.



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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 06:30 AM »
Another fine midwest specimen in a few years!

Judy has the, "acquiring good material" thing down.

Way to go Judy!



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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 02:27 PM »
These are the stories I like to read. Especially the information provided by Don. We do our best to make beautiful trees and sometime things do not go as predicted, these are the items to learn from and gain understanding. As Don mentioned the roots it made sense, and the infestation would really put the tree back and have greater die-off. This information is priceless with the full story. thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Hawthorn
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016, 04:36 AM »
I personally fell that the trees ill health actually aided in producing a better quality tree. From an american bonsai perspective it now and will continue in the future to reflect the natural landscape of the midwestern united states. If this is the path hou or the tree chooses. Beautiful specimen you have there