Saturday's workshop - Chamaecyparis - Hinoki.
This Chamaecyparis has been successfully maintained with the right technique for the last 7 years. The foliage has placed itself too high above branch level though and therefore it is time for a different approach.
This Japanese “Hinoki” has not been grafted but it is standing on its own roots. A beautiful root base of its kind. This is a very old tree that has been in training for about 25 years.
The full grown crown before thinning out.
The foliage that has grown too high up.
The foliage after pruning back and thinning out. The next 4 to 5 years the earlier technique can be applied. A lot of old bonsai require a different matching trim technique every number of years to keep the tree into proportion. After that it is being built up back to its top level and each time it reaches an even older image.