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Collected Olive

Postby Matt S » August 20th, 2017, 2:03 pm

This Olive was repotted today and I realised I don't have any older photos of it, so I'm starting this progression to prompt me into recording it's progress.

I collected this from Brownhill creek in the Adelaide foothills about 5 years ago. Although the bark doesn't show much age, I dug this tree because of the nice base and movement. It doesn't look like much has happened in 5 years because all the branches had to be grown from scratch and I needed the lower branches and apex to thicken up considerably before I even thought of secondary branches. Large trunks need thick branches so a tree this big takes a few years to thicken up the base of the branch before cutting it back hard. The three lowest branches were cut back last winter and the lowest left branch will be cut back further once a few more shoots appear and I have something to cut back to. The resulting branches were wired into place into Autumn and once again I'll let them grow a bit before cutting back hard to get some taper.

It was planted in a large mica training pot and doesn't reflect what I think the final pot will look like.

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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Ryceman3 » August 20th, 2017, 4:06 pm

Great base on that tree Matt and the branching looks to be progressing well, lots of stuff in the right places. Good job, I like it now, and most likely I'll like it even more as it progresses. :yes:
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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Matt S » January 14th, 2018, 5:26 pm

Time for an update on this one.

There's been lots of growth as expected, although not as much as I would have liked on the lower branches. As usual, the strongest shoots have been those on the tops of the branches facing up.

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After the trim - I've left a lot of the lower branches quite long as they still need to thicken up before I cut them back. I cut off some of the strong upward growth where it wasn't wanted and wired some of the secondary branches. I often wire branches into interesting shapes even if I intend to cut most of it off later just to give me an idea of the future style. The back branch is still pretty messy and makes it hard to see the left hand side branches clearly, but I'm happy with the progress.

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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Matt S » August 5th, 2018, 12:57 pm

Last night I cleaned up this tree ready for spring growth. Most of the primary and some of the secondary branches have thickened up sufficiently so now it's time to wire up the finer ones. My plan is to avoid defined clouds of foliage and have a much more open look, so I'm hoping to move to a more clip and grow method in the future. I'll also need to do something about the deadwood section, maybe even hollow it out.

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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Raging Bull » August 5th, 2018, 9:48 pm

Hi Matt, This tree is starting to look the goods now, A good base for the future development. Have you thought of extending the Jin further down the trunk, perhaps right to ground level? That option jumped out at me as soon as I saw how the tree looks now. Cheers, Frank.
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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Matt S » August 6th, 2018, 2:20 pm

Hi Frank,

Yeah, extending the deadwood down to the base is an option, it's something you see in the really ancient olives. My reservation is that it might interrupt the nice sweeping movement of the trunk. When I get a chance I'll knock up a virt and see how it could be done.

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Re: Collected Olive

Postby Raging Bull » August 6th, 2018, 7:16 pm

Hi Matt, Re the jin, if you "go with the flow" and follow the nice curves of the trunk it should work a treat. Just my :2c: .
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Re: Collected Olive

Postby MJL » August 11th, 2018, 5:49 pm

Thanks for posting Matt. You chose well with the movement at the base and it's coming along a treat. Well done.

On the Jin ... I can see both sides. Hmmmm.... tread with caution I reckon - it could look great ....extending it to the ground ... but I can also see why, in a natural setting, the Jin would end where it ends breaking off at the apex of the outer curve.

I look forward to watching this progress. :yes:
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