The last tree to start growing in my garden each spring is also the largest. It’s a cork oak I acquired from Kenji Miyata.
I try to cut back and wire my oaks in fall or winter, but I often put this off for the big oak as it typically doesn’t start growing until April.
A few weeks ago, I began inspecting the buds for signs of growth every time I walked by the tree. I saw the first signs of growth this week so I slid the tree onto a cart and brought it in the workshop for cutback and wiring.
Buds starting to grow
Despite the tree’s age, it’s in relatively early stages of development. More than anything, my goal is for the lowest branches to thicken, a process that will take a few years.
I pruned the rest of the branches to get a rough idea of the silhouette. As the branches thicken, I’ll cut them back to create more movement and start training the secondary branches.
After wiring – 44″
You can get a good idea of how young the branches are when viewing the tree from the side.
View from left side
Over the coming months, I’ll look out for suckers or other shoots I don’t need so I can encourage growth on the branches I want to thicken. I’ll look to prune and possibly wire the tree again in fall.
More Links to Bonsai for Sale!
Due to the positive response from last week’s links, I wanted to share two more Northern California bonsai vendors who ship trees.
The first is Mendocino Coast Bonsai. Run by Bob Shimon, Mendocino Coast Bonsai specializes in collected coast redwoods, Sierra junipers, Mendocino pygmy cypress, and coast live oaks. Learn more at their Trees for Sale page.
The second is Lotus Bonsai Nursery, run by Scott Chadd and Bolet Salvador. Lotus Bonsai Nursery has many species at different of development. You can see a sample of their trees on their Developed Bonsai page.
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