A Terrific Willow Oak To Develop

I’ve shown you this willow oak, Quercus phellos, a couple of times before.  It sprouted as a volunteer seedling in an old garden area well over 10 years ago, and has been growing there ever since.  I didn’t start cutting it back until I moved my garden and...

An Easier Lift With This Chinese Privet

I happened across this Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, while walking my property today.  The base looked really good, and I thought the two trunks went well together.  Better still, it came out the ground in under five minutes. Here’s the tree with its...

Making A Yaupon Bonsai

I’ve commented before that our native yaupon, Ilex vomitoria, makes an excellent bonsai subject.  The only problem I’ve encountered through the years is that very, very few specimens in the wild grow with any natural taper.  This obviously limits the...

Loblolly Pine Initial Styling

This loblolly pine, Pinus taeda, started out as a much taller specimen featuring a secondary leader that was an obvious choice to cut to.  Since the tree wasn’t going anywhere as it stood, I chopped the main trunk down to the secondary leader this past summer. ...