Sunday, August 5, 2007

Elegant spruce literati

This European spruce (Picea abies) was collected in Switzerland in 1985. It was sitting in soemone's garden since then. I acquired the tree in 2005.

1) and 2) spring of 2005
3) planted into a nice pot by Derek Aspinall right away.
4) and 5) in late summer of 2007 the spruce looks very healthy. It has gained enormously in ramification. I think it is ready for final styling.
6) to 9) It has several good sides
10) to me this is the best one at the moment. The wedge is not part of the desing, of course, and I have erased it on the virtual. There are several spirals in the bulge in the middle. The bulge is ugly and eventually the spirals will appear. At the monent it is nto definitely clear where they are and I will let the tree decide. I have painted a couple on the virtual so we can see the future.

Europea spruce, Picea abies, 40 cm high, pot by Derek Aspinall, around 100 years old.


Aleksa (Montenegrian boy) said...

Oh! I like that fern! ;)

Rune Kyrdalen said...

Hi Walter. I too like spruce bonsai and I have a question for you. You have removed a lot of foliage (50 - 60 % ?) and wired the tree at the same time, doesn't this weaken the tree a lot? (knowing that spruce is a bit tempramental to drastic shaping.) Do you give tre tree any special attention after the styling, like putting it in a polytunnel or in the shade or something? Do you expect any branch dieback after the wiring?


Walter Pall said...


I have left the tree alone for two years and made sure it is as healthy as it possibly could be. Then one can dare to take off that much. Of course, there is always a risk. If I had done this in May the risk would have been much bigger. Because the tree would have suffered in the summer heat and possibly could have dropped a big branch. But in the beginning of August is a very good time. It will not be really hot again this summer, the humidity is high and the days get shorter. It will still take until the middle of October until the spruce gets dormant. In between there is plenty of time for it to heal the wounds, to fix some broken tissues and to get itslef winter hardy. I will give it a bit better protection than I normally do for spruce. We'll see. I am not worried.