I purchased this 25 to 30 year old pinus from someone who grew it from seed but has lost interest in continuing to care for it. I don’t believe the grower had any Bonsai experience but he was certainly open to experimentation. The first picture shows the trunk as purchased, horizontal across rock.
My first thought was to make it vertical, to showcase the bark. The roots are very flexible. The tree appears to be in good health with shaping achieved by pinching and pruning. There is no indication that any wiring has taken place.
The roots and the branches have all been trimmed from side of the trunk which was against the rock.
There are a number of whorled branches and needles thickening branches and so many other problems. I am assuming it should be treated like a Japanese White Pine. There is some back budding in evidence.
I want to let it grow out and encourage more back budding. I am also considering air layering the top.
And then there is this stretch of damaged bark. I didn’t spot it initially in the gloomy lighting of the church hall. It almost appears to be burnt. Does anyone recognize it as a disease or insect damage of which I should be aware?!
I have had possession for less than one month and have only fertilized and done a needle pull to balance growth. When should I remove some of the misdirected and out of scale branches?
I am a sucker for a rescue mission!
Thank you for your opinions!