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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25736

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I see what looks like white paint on some bansai trunks....is it? Why? What kind of paint?

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25738

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what you refer to is limesulfur. This is an anti-fungicide used to help preserve deadwood. Yellow when applied, it dries to a bone white.

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25739

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Can live wood surround a dead core?

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25740

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not sure what you mean.

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25741

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On some I have seen like a vein painted white and the surrounding area unpainted...is this just artistic license?

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25742

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www.bonsaiempire.com/images/gallery/large/ganmen1.jpg this is from the gallery it shows what I mean.

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25747

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The brown is the live vein, the white is deadwood.
As LB said, it is bleached by limesulfur.
This is in order to make the tree look aged and as if it's had a hard life (seriously).

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Painting Trunks 5 years 2 months ago #25752

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As Bonsailearner said, this is to create an impression of an old tree, that has been fighting the elements for many years, where the exposed part died off and was sculpted and bleached by wind and sand.

This does happen in nature.

Source: bonsaitonight.com/2014/06/10/spectacular-sierra-junipers/

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