Semi Cascade White pine (Dragon)

This is a tree which i’ve seen a few times at our annual meetings, and i always found it attractive. Winter of -14 i sent an email to the woman who owned it and asked if i could buy it, and she accepted because she felt it was too large to handle. Spring of -15 i went to Stockholm and picked up the tree.

This is a few pictures sent to me by the previous owner. Unknown date.

She experimented with different fronts and angles but what attracted me was the movement of the trunk.

This is the angle before repotting in the spring of -15. I kept the square pot that the tree was growing in but tilted the tree slightly to the right. I thinned the needles and let it recover in its pot, analyzing its branches and waiting to restyle.
As can be seen, the lowest branches on the right is very weak and was removed after the picture was taken.

In late July of -15 i decided that it was time to wire and refine the tree. It was growing vigorously and i was Confident it was strong enough. I needed to compact it’s shape to make the trunk seem more powerful.parvi_2
This is the result after the styling. It will need a smaller pot in the future but for now it will rest a couple of years to recover. A friend commented that it resembled a dragon, so that’s what it will be called.

I had quite a setback with this tree in spring of 2019 and it got really weak from a late freeze. It lost around 60% of it´s foliage and needed to be really pampered so it wouldn´t die on me. Pictures below is from early summer of ´19.

Almost all of the old needles fell off from the lower branches.
Still signs of growth.

The spring and summer of 2020, this tree will get a new pot and soil that hold less water, and then just fertilized an watered to regain health. Maybe refinement in the fall of 2020..

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