Sequoia Sempervirens Update

Did a little more work on my Sequoia Sempervirens last weekend. An odd choice of tree to work on especially in the UK, but I have enjoyed growing this from a 6 inch nursery tree to this. Been trying to pick up a few tips from the West Coast Americans on their traits as bonsai with varying advice being given in return.


First styling

Some carving in September with Peter Snarts assistance and advice.





and now…

Trying to get the rising branches to behave. They have a natural tendency to pop up. Here you can see the first branch wired.

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This was done before raffia and taping up in an effort to set it more permanently in position. A groove was cut along the length of the branch for the initial 6 inches and then sealed with paste, raffia’ed and taped. I did this on a few of the heavier branches.

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This was the tree after wiring and thinning out. I’m learning a lot about this species as I go along. A fun journey. It continues to grow when most other species have stopped. I now see what branches are likely to be thrown and how to work with this, hard to explain. Give this tree another 3 years and I reckon I’ll have a pretty decent image, but then I love tall trees.



2 comments on “Sequoia Sempervirens Update

  1. I have a coastal redwood ground growing here in England, is spring the best time to dig it up? I plan on leaving it and developing it whilst it’s still ground bound, but don’t want to do all that work to dig it up at the wrong time a kill it?


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