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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31509

Thought it better to create a new thread - this time with a proper topic title - for this subject.
Original post is here:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/help-me/7289-the-other-free-tree

I received this tree as a gift from a colleagues mother, who got to old to continue to care for her trees.
This is the tree as it looked 2 years, 2 months ago:



The tree was in a large brown pot, made from real plastic. I've repotted it this year. It required quite a lot of root work, but looking at the leaves and flowers, it seems the repotting worked out quite well. The new pot looks much better.

This photo was taken a few days after the previous one I posted. More buds have opened now, so it looks even better.
No plans for this year - as I've already repotted it and I don't want to stress the tree even more. Last year it backbudded and now branches are growing, and inside the tree even more backbudding is going on. That's good, it will allow me to to reduce the branches that are still too long, and fill out the profile of the tree better.


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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31511

I like it. What shape you will develop for it?
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31515

spacewood wrote: I like it. What shape you will develop for it?


That would be apple-style (by lack of a suitable known bonsai style :) )
Formal upright won't really work, other styles won't work at all.
I guess it's a bit of a mix between informal and broom.
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31519

nice vision... your own style i like it
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31522

ykbonsai wrote: nice vision... your own style i like it


Thanks, buit I cannot take the credit for it. This was discussed at the club. It's not unusual to combine styles.
Actually it was the bonsai master who told me I should let this grow like a real apple. They are a bit messy :)
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31523

Trees in nature don't have styles. They are just trees.
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31525

I see styles as a way to represent the different ways a tree grows in nature according to the hostility of the environment in which it grows , for example a formal upright will represent a tree that has grown with no competition and lots of space , meanwhile a cascade or literati depicts a tree that has struggled through harsh conditions , competions with other trees and so on . So for me a tree in nature has no style ,as eangola says , but styles have been created to represent them , i think the advice that was given to Auk by his master is probably the best advice that anyone can get when making bonsai , and we should always remember that whatever style we pick for our tree it is merely a template to help us represent a real tree ( whether it is a tree we saw in nature or is a fruit of our imagination) so it is not a surprise that more than one style can be attributed to a bonsai .
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31526

Enaisio wrote: I see styles as a way to represent the different ways a tree grows in nature


Have you ever gone through an old forest, looking at very old trees and saying "that branch is all wrong, I would prune it", "that trunk could use some more movement" or even "hmmm... that branch placement is all wrong" ?
I know I have :)
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31532

Yeah all the time even on the motorway with the trees on the side of the road hahaha ( when I'm in the passenger seat hehehe )
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Crabapple - a gift 10 months 1 week ago #31563

Auk wrote: informal and broom.


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