For the past few years, I’ve been refining a Yaupon holly with an eye toward showing it at an upcoming Bay Island Bonsai exhibit. It’s now one of my better candidates for our upcoming 15th anniversary exhibit.
Yaupon holly – front
The work at this stage involves letting new shoots run for a time, and then cutting them back to within the desired silhouette. The progress is subtle, but necessary if I am to create branch pads with good definition.
Front – after
Right side – after
Of course, well-defined branch pads are still a ways off. In the meantime, I’ll continue repeating the grow/cut routine and see how the tree looks this winter.
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