Curly Willow: Chilling Out in the Shade of Summer [Bonsai]

in Team Bonsai2 months ago (edited)

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Another day, another bonsai tree to share.

Today we're looking at the Curly Willow.

Branches on Curly Willow are interesting, in that grow in upward canes. As they grow longer and longer, then bend over and twist into a into the classic weeping shape.

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For bonsai, these branches are very flexible and can be wired into fantastical shapes.

Although the branches fast growing, promising fast results to make new shapes, they are not long-lasting. Even very thick branches will often die-back, to allow a plethora of new young shoots to emerge from elsewhere on the tree next year.

So it is best to think of it as an adaptable tree, wanting to be restyled and changed annually. It forces a bit of creativity on the care-taker to decide which branches to save, and which to discard, often going for an entirely different spin from the previous year.

Still, some lasting effects from previous years can be preserved by taking care of the deadwood portions, such as the interesting vertical knot on this tree.

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Historical Information

ID: 0013
Nickname: Elphaba
Type: Curly Willow
Age: 7 years
Grown: cutting
Last repotting: 2016?
Wired: Never

Past articles featuring this tree:

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I love Willow because it Roots very quickly and using the native American traditional sweat lodge we actually grow a shelter...

Interesting. I felt curious, and read up and learned that the Sweat Lodge is often used as a place of healing in addition to commemorating important rites of passages in life, celebrated with traditional ceremonies.

Source: https://azarius.net/encyclopedia/119/sweat-lodge-rituals/

Yes.

I had a traditional upbringing and was mentored by an amazing medicine man. His last student.

It's an important connection to the land and all elements are brought in. From the willows to the hides to the stones and then water.

Balance...