Provenance: Collected from granite slope on Whipple Hill, Lexington, MA in grove of promising pitch pines. Most roots intact with ample mycorrhizae.
Date Acquired: 4/13/16
Approx. Age at Acquisition: ~8-10 years
-4/13/2016, Tree collected and planted in wooden training box in 1/2 grit, 1/2 turface mix. Trunk reduced from around 5′ to 2.5′ at time of collection. Many suckers from large basal burl.
-5/2016, Tree budding all over. Upper branches wired. Suckers to be gradually removed. New unwanted buds removed to balance vigor.
-7/2016, One large basal sucker removed, new buds have leafed out, new needles much larger, 3-4″.
-9/2016, All basal suckers removed and new buds removed. Wire removed after substantial trunk thickening with some scaring.
-11/15/2016, Two major limbs removed and stubs left to be jinned.
-12/5/16, tree brought inside for winter storage.
-12/15/16, tree lightly rootpruned and repotted into large ceramic bonsai pot.
-2/28/17, After frustration trying to establish a suitable design for this tree, most branches removed and single leader branch at apex left to become new branches and apex. Leader removed and carved.
-9/4/17, Tree grew strongly through summer. New candles pinched back before expanding fully. New buds removed through growing season. Late summer foliage expanded only a few centimeters.
-1/5/18, Tree grew strongly, shed old needles in fall. New pruned foliage only expanded a few cm. Tree wired upward in Nov. Dormant on porch.