Saturday, August 1, 2009

mugo pine # 39

This is a mugo pine, Pinus mugo, which was collected in Switzerland in 2000. It hung around in my garden until in August of 2007 Uli Ernst borrowed it for a demonstration in my garden at the late summer meeting of 2007. He created a literati twin trunk cascade with a third trunk which was dead already. Afterwards unfortunately the upper trunk died and the tree got somewhat neglected. I refurbished it today and now it seems that it is on a good way again.


Walter Pall said...

Peter sent me this link to a video he made while Uli has styled the mugo pine:

Thanks Peter!


Ana said...

Is such deadwood expected / desired to last as long as the tree?

I am usually tempted to think of lifeless features as intentionally temporary, and would be curious whether this is a technical reality or simply a viewer's illusion (and as such best left to the 'eye of the beholder' side of things).

leaving the tuppence question at your discretion,

Walter Pall said...


first I let this deadwood decay on purpose. The bark will get off by itself within a couple of years. Then comes the time when the deadwood decays strongly and is in danger of just braking off. At this point in time I work with professional wood hardener as the boat industry or antiquities refurbishing industry uses.
Such thin deadwood will somehow break one day. A big bird will sit on it, the snow will go over it, a sloppy person touches it. Well, such is life. I usually just shrug and decide that it is better without anyway.