just bought this Stewartia Monadelpha and I am looking for design advice since it has a strong curve (yellow line) in the trunk.
So my options here are:
let it grow and try to incorporate the bend into the design
Air layering at green sign and develope the tree following the red mark. This will help giving the trunk a little more taper
What suggestion can you give me?
I like your concept, i would choose the outside branch on the green line for the new apex branch. Part way up on the red line there is a nice branch on the inside that would also make a nice secondary apex for taper and movement on the second trunk. Both the branches introduce taper and complementary movement. This could be enhanced by some wireing.
I was thinking along the same lines as Frank. I don’t know that I love the bend, but gentle curves are generally preferable to straight trunks on stewartia. Cutting back to a branch that continues the movement one way or the other and possibly changing the planting angle a bit may provide for this gentle movement.
took courage with two hands, as we say in Italy, and made the repotting and initial styling for this stewartia.
Very interested in your feedback and in suggestions about cultivation and styling.
Looks like you’re off to a good start! If you want some movement in the smaller branches, now is a good time to add some wire.
I like the beginnings, good work. Do you plan to grow out the lower branches while limiting the top ones ?
Very nice start
The idea is to keep the tree this size, developing the lower branch, addind some movment as suggested by Jonas, and increasing taper.
Great plan. Would be neat to see the progress over the years.
Best in Bonsai