Multiple-trunks and Nebari Development

Michael Hagedorn

This Japanese Snowbell has appeared before on the blog. We’ll first look at the fall pruning before getting to the nebari. 

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Styrax japonicus in fall, ready for a pruning.

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After leaf removal. The lower branches were let run this year to thicken them up. The top was pruned once already, in mid-season.

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Following pruning. Stronger pruning on top and leaving branches long on the bottom will slowly balance the tree, if done successively over years. We’ll have to repeat what we did this year to eventually get thicker lower branches than those above. 

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And this is what I wished particularly to show, that multiple trunk styles tend to enable quicker and heavier nebari development. If these secondary trunks had arisen higher up, less nebari development would be seen. This isn’t a suggestion to make all your bonsai multiple-trunked bonsai, only to say they will often have more impressive, spreading nebari…

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