A number of readers provided suggestions for Jeff’s Japanese black pine this week. Front #1 is the closest to the current front. It’s a great selection based on the current style – one that features balanced branches on both sides of the trunk. The second and third options were both popular, possibly because they present more dramatic curves. We came to no conclusions at the workshop, and I think it will be a while before the tree completes a radical transformation. When it does, I’ll be sure to get photos.
That same afternoon, a small, bunjin red pine was in the workshop. It’s a really neat tree with many alternative fronts.
Bunjin red pine – current front
The trunk line from this side would make a challenging front.
Another possible “front”
And another – currently the back of the tree
The view from the current left side of the tree
Planting angle is an important consideration for trees with such great trunk-lines. A subtle tilt one way or the other can have a big impact.
A bit to the right
A bit to the left
Even more to the left
I’m not sure if I have favorites among the above alternatives. What I like is that the tree has great character – and great possibilities if one tires of the current configuration.
Both trees were exhibited at the 2009 Bay Island Bonsai Exhibit – have a look!
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