Thursday, May 9, 2013

cherry #20 with new pot

wild cherry, Prunsu crasifera, pot by Juergen Hilken



Kenneth Olsen said...

Hello Walter.
Firstly - I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and really appreciate your work and your documentation of it. I want to thank you for that.

This tree looks really nice. I was wondering your view on taper on the branches? Will the crown be a lot bigger on this tree to get more taper\ramification? Or is it not really needed for such type of material?
I just noticed they are the same thickness most of the way to the end and wondered.
I know you are a big favour of the natural style and maybe this is part of it.
What are your view on this. I am very interest in your thoughts on this.
All the best from Denmark

Walter Pall said...


your observation is correct. To be honest it does not bother me. With the hedge cutting method (letting grow freely everything for a few weeks and then prune drastically) this will get better over time. Also the abrupt change in taper where the thick branches were cut will improve. It will always be visible. The crown will NOT get bigger, it will stay about that size and shape. In nature one does not have the taper on branches just as as appreciated by bonsai enthusiasts. Big branches look more like on this tree. Therefore it does not bother me.

How do you get a small tree in the naturalistic style? You avoid everything that makes a bonsai. You avoid the stereotypes.
Therefore one should not be surprised if it does not look right to those who are so used to see a bonsai and never look at real trees.

Nobody has to like it. Times will change, folks will get used to it.

Kenneth Olsen said...

Hello again Walter,
Thank you so much for your reply as I really respect your opinion. You answer makes sense to me.
Your trees are stunning and it is countless amount of time I have spent studying your blog and trees.
All the best to you, your health and your trees.