Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga Mertensiana) Collected in 2006 by Anton Nijhuis. Apprx. 250 yrs old

This old Hemlock was collected by my friend Anton Nijhuis of Vancouver Island. It stands 35inches from surface to crown, and the trunk, at its base, is 5inches wide. Its age is approx. 250 years old. I think it will eventually go in a wide round earthen pot, as it has several fronts. Below, the branches were simply thinned and wired downwards in that soft, sweeping manner you would see in a natural specimen growing in the mountains. The lower trunk and dead wood will need some further work. And perhaps the apex could be coaxed down and to the left slightly, resulting in a stronger curve mid trunk. ?

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