2,520 Degree Ponderosa Pine

Michael Hagedorn

Two years ago I collected this Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) with Backcountry Bonsai. It was tucked under a full sized tree, somehow eking out a very long life.

Seven full rotations is 2,520 degrees of twist around the trunk…a bit of an eye boggler. It lay prostrate and un-inspiringly in its box until this fall when we started to look for a front and inclination.

We styled this bunjin pine in a fall Seasonal Class of graduating second year students. It was fun to see this tree off the ground, finally, and on a bench.

Enjoy the photo essay-

Collecting with Backcountry Bonsai—Steve Varland on the left with a massive ponderosa and Dan Wiederrecht behind the camera. The ponderosa pine featured in this post is on my back.

Ponderosa pine after two years of growth and before any work, but at the preferred front and inclination.

The Seasonal…

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