Loblolly12-19-15-2This 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.  If you look closely you can see where the original trunk line was.

The tree responded by pushing a ton of new shoots.  I removed most of these and then applied some wire.  Frankly, the tree didn’t look like much, so the situation called for a little vision and artistry.

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This was a relatively simple solution, but I think you can see what I see as the future of this pine.  Next year I’ll let the crown fill out, giving the tree a more rounded top.  I wouldn’t mind the descending branch on the left falling a little lower, about to mid-trunk; that can be done during the 2016 growing season as the branch grows out.

I think this loblolly will make a fine bonsai in just two or three years.

If you’d like to continue the development of this tree, it’s available at our Pine Bonsai sale page.