This tree was first styled about 8 years ago from a container grown plant. I reckon it’s about 30 years old. I originally decided on a cascade style because I fancied the challange.
This is the tree before our recent work started. The bottom 2 branches became the victims of a garden strimmer a couple of years ago and the lowest is showing good signs of recovery.
Ian and I discussed these bottom branches at length. He wanted to Jin them. I was reluctant as I initially wanted to see them recover more and be incorporated into the design. Eventually we decided to go with Ians recommendation .
The wiring and styling took a couple of afternoons even though we did not really fine wire every branch. This is the tree at the mid way stage with the apex wired and styled .
The finished tree
This is a view of the tree sideways showing the Jin detail of the lowest branch
The re-styling has resulted in the apex and some of the lower branches being brought forward toward the viewer. It has also resulted in a more compact tree which will be a real advantage as the pads fill out in future years.
The tree needs to fill out a lot and I am looking forward to a what a good feed and maintainance regime will produce next year.