Hinoki Cypress Progression

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This is my Chamaecyparis Obtusa Nana Gracilis. I acquired it just over a 2 years now in 2012 from a small garden center in the middle of no where, it was just sitting in the corner minding its own business until i came along. The garden center owner was more than happy to sell it cheap, I think I paid 6 or 8 euro in the end for it.

I have not attempted to style it in anyway, only keep it alive and healthy. When I first got it I reduced the size of the pot it came in by cutting the top down and removing a small amount of top soil. On doing so I revealed the second trunk and a nice enough small natural shari. I reduced it further this year to get to the base of the trunk.

I just pinched the new growth to allow sunlight to penetrate to the inner branches, as I have heard a Hinoki will never back bud on old wood. I was hoping to maybe begin to style it this summer and repot it next summer as I don’t know how long it has over stayed its visit in the pot it is in. Anyway here is some photos I have been meaning to up load a while since starting the Blog.

I really like this shot from underneath

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Some growth I am trying to protect and encourage

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From above

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Just need to decide now where to start with styling. Plenty of thought and research before hand ;)

At the Munster Bonsai Club workshop, i had the oppurtunity for Ian and Phil from NIBS to have a look at this and see what they thought.

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After some discussion it was decided to remove the lower branch and begin to wire it.

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It was decided the whole tree needed to be wired in the end, with help from Ian it finally got done, Here me grooming my balded tree 🙂

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The before image

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The after image, Finally 🙂

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So that’s where the tree stand at the moment, Just need to keep it going strong now.

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3 thoughts on “Hinoki Cypress Progression

  1. Nice styling! Are these bad about back budding? I haven’t seen a lot used by amateurs learning bonsai. When I first became interested in bonsai I bought one thinking it was weird juniper and ended up killing it.

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    • Ya they dont back bud at all. I suppose i like to throw myself in the deep end, good thing im in a club of people that can offer advice as where to go. There a great species for bonsai, and yet a toughie at the same time.

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