January 2018: Pygmy Cypress Styling Part II


This year I used my pygmy cypress as a Christmas tree in the house for a week, decorated with lights and a few balls. It was full and shaped like a typical Christmas tree. However, now that those days have passed by for the year, the tree needed to move back outside. While inside the house it had continued to grow and lengthen branches.

Mendocino Pygmy Cypress tanuki after wiring and styling

After reviewing some new material on styling the pygmy cypress on an online bonsai class demonstration, I knew this tree had to be transformed and soon. It has a growth patter of constant elongation of a single branch. This causes considerable growth of fine material but not consolidated masses of foliage; this often results in the loss of considerable internal growth. The tree will bud back when exposed to sun so I know I can get some of…

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