I trimmed a few runners and wired my Korean hornbeam a couple of weeks ago. I plan on making a twin trunk style tree. The smaller trunk is already dynamic and built, but last year I took the top off of the taller trunk to to rebuild it. I wired but did not trim the branches on the trunk I am trying to build in order to try and have it gain some girth.
As originally purchased.
As it was this spring.
After trimming, then adding just a couple of wires.
I think it’s headed down the right path and I hope that the dominant trunk grows some girth this year. It will be too big to be a shohin but will still be a small, compact tree.
There was an interesting topic on one of the online bonsai forums discussing the technique for creating yamadori style junipers. You basically start with a Shimpaku whip and then wire the tree, then twist and bend until the desired shape is reached. It is a way to simulate the harsh conditions that give yamadori trees there weather beaten and aged look. This young Shimpaku cost only $7 so i thought I would give it a try.
In the future I would like to try and create some Shari on the trunk, I have read that this helps create the aged look. To put it simply, when the Shari gets created the live vein will continue to grow, while the dead Shari part of the trunk will not, which makes it look like the Shimpaku collected in Japan. Until then, I’ll just try and keep it alive.