Sunday, February 24, 2013

Little maple rework

I picked up a clump of maples at the Arboretum last year and let them grow wild for the season. They didn't do much all year and as the hot summer set in I set them in the shade for safe keeping. This year when they were dormant, I separated them with the encouragement and hatchet of a buddy Jonas, and potted the remaining 2 of 3 trunks. None of them are very strong candidates but I'd like to develop this one as practice for maple techniques and timings. Before and after:

I don't know what was up with that funky bend at the top. I feel like the new line will make a more convincing tree as well as improve what little taper is there. The branch on the left was cut back to a downward facing bud. This may be a candidate for a ground layer in another couple of seasons.

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