Crabapple

I’m really excited about the future of this bonsai.  Crabapples are one of the best species to grow for bonsai, as they flower and fruit freely in a pot.  I don’t know if I’ll get any blooms next year, but it’ll happen in time.

02/19/2017

I got this Crabapple, Malus sp., along with a number of others, from a bonsai friend in Pennsylvania.  I was really struck by the trunk character and taper.  It had grown with a fork in the trunk, which I normally use to chop to the smaller trunk for enhanced taper.  This time I did things a little differently.  I deliberately left the stub of the larger trunk, with the intention of making a more “Crabapple-like” design.

05/24/2017

A few months later, this thing has thrown a huge amount of growth, rangy and coarse.  But with this growth lies the future design of the tree.  It just takes some imagination, and tried and true techniques.

07/08/2017

Things are looking a lot different in this photo.  Sure enough, I’ve identified and wired out a rudimentary branch structure.  The stub of the second trunk has gotten a first-pass of carving (there’s more to come, but not this year).  All in all, I think we’ve now got a tree structure.

07/21/2017

I’ve pruned back the leader.  There’s new growth all over the tree, which means all the attention must have been welcome.

07/31/2017

In just 10 more days the growth
is really pushing hard.

08/13/2017

And here we are, two weeks later.  I’ve had to wire two more branches in the apex.

09/03/2017

There’s plenty of recovery growth on this tree and plenty of roots down below.  Why not slip-pot into this nice custom round by the late Paul Katich.

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