Natural bonsai

poaky1December 17, 2013

Here are some pictures of a tree that has maintained this size or hasn't grown much since I was in school. I graduated in 1988. I think it is a white pine. I am not sure when it started it's life, it has just always been theDSC00342_zpse28f742e.jpg"/> re. You can see the large flat rock stopping the roots right under from going deep.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Looks like Pinus resinosa.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 8:53PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

You don't think the utility line maintenance has anything to do with it?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 9:12PM
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Looks like the leader was cut sometime in the past by the power company during tree trimming. Try to get a closer look at it and look at the trunk to see if it has been cut.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 4:22PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, you can see the current branch ends are growing multiple inches per year - and there is a somewhat more upright branch near the center that is coming up off to the side, as though attached to the main trunk below a point where the main trunk was topped.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 2:41PM
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I need to look at the power wire in respect to the tree top, but I think that there are several feet between the top and the wire. If they are very close, I should be embarrassed for not recognizing the reason myself.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 10:07PM
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The top power wire must be coated with rubber. The crown top is untouched, but you can see the outside branch where the top wire rests. You may be right about road crews beheading it, but I don't remember it being "topped". That may have happened when I was a kid, too young to notice it. I THINK that power lines MAY stop growth, I've heard it said that palm trees can be affected by power lines, though not necessarily burnt by them. You are probably correct about it being Pinus Resinosa. The ends kind of go up, instead of straight out.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 11:50PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Unless the tree was touching/shorting-out the lines, the lines, especially the relatively low voltage lines like those shown in the picture, would not impact the tree's growth.

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 12:46AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

If anything power lines here seem to have a power of making folks plant trees under them. Then the trees do their duty and reach for the lines ;)

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 9:45AM
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This tree wasn't planted by anyone lately. I would say it has been there for 34 + years. That's why I made a big deal of it. I may be wrong but, would a Pinus Resinosa put out a single trunk after being headed back? I can take more pictures if needed, but it only has one trunk, all the way to it's top. This top is very short, as you can see. I have passed it for years and always wondered why it remained so short. I can try to take pics from other angles if anyone is intrigued. If it just appeared within the past couple years, I wouldn't have bothered posting it.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 12:15AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The length of the individual shoots, between the nodes it is making now is how fast it is growing each year.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 11:25AM
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I will try to take better pics. I will need to park my car and walk on top of the slope. It is near a huge cable TV tower, if that means anything. It may take a couple days, but i'll try to take some pics from closer and higher on the slope.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 1:14AM
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