Another day, another bonsai tree to share.
Today we're looking at the Curly Willow.
Branches on Curly Willow are interesting, in that grow in upward canes. As they grow longer and longer, then bend over and twist into a into the classic weeping shape.
For bonsai, these branches are very flexible and can be wired into fantastical shapes.
Although the branches fast growing, promising fast results to make new shapes, they are not long-lasting. Even very thick branches will often die-back, to allow a plethora of new young shoots to emerge from elsewhere on the tree next year.
So it is best to think of it as an adaptable tree, wanting to be restyled and changed annually. It forces a bit of creativity on the care-taker to decide which branches to save, and which to discard, often going for an entirely different spin from the previous year.
Still, some lasting effects from previous years can be preserved by taking care of the deadwood portions, such as the interesting vertical knot on this tree.
Type: Curly Willow
Age: 7 years
Last repotting: 2016?
Past articles featuring this tree:
- Twisted Willow: This Witch Tree is Sucking the Essence from the Children's Fingers to Feed Her Appetite
- Trimming the Curly Willow in Winter
- Sometimes you have to Roll the Dice and see what happens
- I'll get you My Pretty
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