Arizona Alder in Unusual Presentation-

Michael Hagedorn

This planting was originally composed by Oregon bonsai artist Greg Brenden. The container is a concrete water meter cover, stretching the boundaries of what might hold a plant. We’ve been encouraging a kusamono-like wildness to its style since acquiring it some years ago.

The meter cover does have a rectangular hole straight through the center of it, which at one time held the majority of the roots. We did one repotting of this years ago. It was…an alternative procedure, to say the least, but we managed to lock the tree in. Now the majority of the root system is crawling over the top surface of the concrete, and I think no more repotting is feasible. We might trim some of them now and then, like mowing a lawn.

Alders are phenomenally thirsty plants, being riparian plants that have their toes dipping into a high water table year round. This one…

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