Some readers have been asking me to see examples of my Dragon-Eye Pine Tree, and how I have been pruning it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m new to Niwaki pruning, and have been learning over the past 2 years. But some photo’s may be useful to newbie Niwaki-ers. Below I’ve laid out the different parts of a tree. Reference back to my previous posts on Niwaki technique.
The Needle, The Branch, and The Tree
Here are close up photo’s of the parts of the Tree that are pruned. They are specific to my Dragon-Eye Pine Tree, or any Pine-Tree.
A Branch, Pruned for 3 Years
So, here is a side branch. And we can see how things have evolved since I started pruning it.
- 2010 – First, the original branch in 2010 which was not pruned. I bought the tree from a Nursery which were not utilizing Niwaki.
- 2011 – This was my first pruning job. I pruned the “needle” down to 1/4 Inch in late spring. That branch was stunted in Size, but still alive.
- 2012 – This pruned branch produced 4 needles in Spring 2012. Again, I hard pruned these needles to 1/4 Inch. You can start to see now, how the combined stunted branches are making an interesting shape.
A Regular Branch, UnPruned
So this is my trunk leader, which I do not prune. Look at the difference, it puts on at least 1 foot of growth a year. My stunted branches are stopped at 1/4 inch, and stay that length.
Overall Tree Shape
So 3 three years, with some amateurish pruning, already you can see the cloud shapes forming. I believe in 2 years, I’ll have a tree that exhibits like a Niwaki Tree.
I swear by this book, as it’s the only book in English that lays out the rules of Japanese Pruning. It is clear and easy to use. If I ever find a better reference book, I will post it.