Judge #3: Suggest major thinning of deadwood to decrease feeling of inverse taper.
Bald Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)
106.6cm (42") / 73.6cm (29")
This tree was purchased in Napa Valley, CA from a closing nursery 3 hours away from my house. The owner passed away and his son was liquidating off all the stock. I selected this bald cypress because of it’s interesting deadwood and exposed root. However I’m not sure I will keep the root in the final design. The new leader(not the main new trunk, i’m referring to the smaller branch like one that I will use) that is growing away from the deadwood has great potential: I see an almost literaiti style developing, where the tree takes on the apperance of being high on a mountain side, far from the veiwer’s stand point….well, we’ll see if we get there! (and these tree do not grow on mountains so imagination is key here)
I guess I’m going for a lightning stricken old redwood.
One Quarter Progression
Three Quarter Progression
In this 3/4 progression I’ve wired some of the primary branches to bring them down. You can see a long sacrifice branch that I prune in the spring before final entry. I’ve left it to help roll over some callus tissue on the secondary trunk.
I am very pleased with the end result on this tree. I was doubtful that the tree would produce enough growth by the due date – I had more than enough and actually thined the foliage a bit.
Fine wiring of new growth; loose. Difficult; new growth is easily damaged.
I carved the deadwood on the trunk, making it semi hollow. I added detail to the shari on the lower trunk.
The sacrifice branch was removed
I kept the exposed root for future development: Bald Cypress will develop “knuckles” or “knees” at their base. So I will cover the base of this tree with high moisture substrate for a couple years and keep heavily watered during the growning season. Ramification will be encouraged by pinching out new grown at branch tips.
Overall impresssion: a nice start with good potential. Goals will be devlopment/thickening of the lower trunk and ramification of selected branching.