2 Shohin Hawthorns. 3 Years Progression

Both of these trees started life in a pot a little larger than they are now. When I first got interested in shohin in early 2012 I decided that I would start by chopping back a few trees that I had dug from my garden a few years earlier.

This is how the first one looked in January 2012. I never really liked the bleached deadwood on this specimen and the lower trunk was very straight and lacked taper.

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In March 2012 it was cut back close to the base. New buds began to sprout out almost immediately.

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This is how it looks at the moment after 3 seasons development. It’s due a re-pot next year and the carving round the chopped area could be refined a little more.

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Until 2011, the next tree was growing in a deeper pot than the one shown in the following picture. It’s massive roots were completely hidden until I re-potted it in the spring of that year. In 2012, I chopped the trunk off altogether and decided to continue the trees’ development using only the roots.

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This is how it looks after 3 seasons. Still needs a lot more ramification but I am pleased with the image that is emerging.

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