Sequoia Sempervirens

This is an update on my Sequoia Sempervirens or Coast Redwood. This was the tree back in 2011 when the initial work was carried out.

April 2011 before work

April 2011 After clear out and basic shaping.

And this was it earlier in the week. As you can see it has put on a little growth.

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This is it after some further wiring, mostly primary branches and a few secondary.

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I felt that the image was a little uninspiring and wanted to make a slightly more dynamic image, well, as dynamic as you can with this style! I opted to remove two of the lower branches to give the overall image more movement to the left.

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It’s obviously still a little unkempt as no fine wiring  was done but the basic structure it there. I was reluctant to do much fine wiring as they seem to like to throw branches that are over handled.

I’ll try and give this tree a little more attention now over the next few years and get a balance of growth and refinement. A shari on the trunk would also help add interest, something to think about.

Any of the American followers who work with this species, I’d be delighted to hear your tips for care etc. It’s a rare sight here in the UK.

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4 comments on “Sequoia Sempervirens

  1. Ian- I don’t have much info at the moment but Jim Doyle from Natures Way Bonsai just up the road from me knows a lot about these trees. He has a good bit available at his nursery and some spectacular ones at that. Next time I’m there I will get some good info from him and shoot u an email if you would like?

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