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Cloud Pruning


This is the second year after first setting the branches on this Golden Japanese Cedar ( Cryptomeria japonica elegans aurea.) It started off quite small to grow in a half barrel, After a few years the barrel split and the tree began to lean, then stabilised as the roots took hold outside the barrel, but the top became so heavy that we thought it would fall. This friend of mine who is a Bonsai Artist, did an amazing job of cutting and wiring to produce what is now an established Cloud Tree.
I am not yet used to setting out these blogs. So the other photos are in the photo section.
We are still working on the pruning of several other trees and will add photos in future.. Something went wrong with transfer of pictures to the Computer, so had long time sorting them out, now have everything twice. I expect its my age, wish there had been computers when I was young.

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I've seen your photos in the photo section. I enjoyed them. It's clever how in Bonsai they can get the trees to look really old just by twisting wire around them and some pruning. I've always been afraid of trying.

8 Aug, 2008


I love the effect of cloud pruning, Poannua, it makes such a striking feature of what might otherwise be an ordinary conifer. Does it need an expert to do it?

8 Aug, 2008


The tree looks stunning and has such an elegant shape. Thank you for posting the photos. I'm having a go at cloud pruning a box, and its looking very good so fingers crossed for next year when it can be clipped again!

8 Aug, 2008


Thanks for the comments. One of the most enjoyable parts of Bonsai is the wiring, once you build up your courage and have the comfortable coated aluminium wire. However like any Art form we can all have a go, but not all of us have the 'Eye'. Though I love Bonsai, I don't have the skill of my friend who you see at work in the pictures.

8 Aug, 2008


I absolutely LOVE this tree!! And the artistic shape you've done!

9 Sep, 2014

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