• Andrew Robson

Picking a Front on a Chinese Hackberry

We recently acquired this Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinensis) at RAKUYO. Whenever we bring in a new tree into the collection, we tidy it up, chose a front and document it with photography. This tree presented several front possibilities to choose from. In 3D it was tricky to make a decision, but in 2D the differences become a bit more obvious.

option 1

option 2

option 3

option 4

option 5

option 6

Of the choices above, options 5 & 6 are the most compelling to us. Option 1 is not bad, but the scarring on the trunk and overly wide canopy spread ruled it out of consideration for today. In options 5 & 6, we liked the interaction of the thicker branches as well as the lack of visible scarring on the trunk. Just for fun, let's prune some twigs back on these options to the silhouettes with photoshop to get a better feel.

option 5 - edited

option 6 - edited

Both option 5 and 6 are possible contenders. Today it will remain undecided which option we'll choose, but luckily we'll have a couple months to decide before this hackberry gets transplanted into a bonsai pot. While this tree has a lot of work and improvements to be made, it is a fun exercise to explore different fronts in order to begin that recrafting process.

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