A Walk on the Wild Side 3/30/12

A wonderfully convoluted Sabina juniper after a little taming by Gabriel Romero Aguadé. If you look at the before photo below, you can see that Gabriel did quite a bit to tame what started out as tree with a world of potential but also with a crazily unruly crown and a  trunk with poor taper. It’s not too hard to see how the crown was brought under control (some very detailed labor and some time for new growth to fill in). But the taper is a bit more mystifying; not much has changed, but somehow it looks much better. BTW, the lead tree in our last post also belongs to Gabriel.

Not much to add here
I’ve been gone for a few days and need to catch up on literal and figurative piles of paperwork, so this post will be a quickie. Just a couple photos of a uniquely wild juniper and a remark or two (above). It would be good to know where the tree came from originally, but I’m going to leave any further research up to you.


Before. A world of potential and challenge.


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8 thoughts on “A Walk on the Wild Side

  1. Such artistry and technique!!!One question.What is that pinkish strip that runs along the
    living part of the tree?

  2. Wow, what a work of art! How could you even begin to decide what deadwood to remove? The nebari looks like a python or sea serpent! Thanks for sharing Wayne.

  3. Hi Nuromeo Vinluan,
    Looks like he created a thin line of deadwood in the middle of the live vein. Sort of like a bonsai racing stripe. It’s a bit strange considering how busy the tree already is, but why not?

  4. Hi Owen,
    Good question, but I think given the challenges, his selection of what to keep and what not to keep turned out pretty good.

  5. Hi Nuromeo and wayne
    The living tree vein was very thick.
    Therefore it has been started to be divided into two.
    Thanks for calling bonsai, rococo. I do not know if I should consider it a good thing.

  6. Hi Gabriel,
    Thanks for enlightening us a bit more about your most excellent tree. I think Al has to take credit for the rococo remark, though I guess I did pick up on it.

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