[NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby anthonyW » May 25th, 2019, 10:09 am

Thanks John, great to here your trees are powering, feel free to post a look at your clarets here if you wish,... great to learn off your experiences as Rory said more info on pros and cons the better if not maybe thread later, yes a stump or two would be exciting...I am very keen there...cheers mate
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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby melbrackstone » May 25th, 2019, 11:22 am

Looking good Anthony.

The Redlands club in Brisbane must have a good hundred of these trees, if not more, scattered amongst the members. One of the best things about them is they grow their foliage pads quickly, so you can style them easily and swiftly. Trouble is because they grow so quickly you need to constantly keep taking them back and growing them again, otherwise you end up with skeletons inside and all the foliage on the outside in a narrow outline. I suspect that many of the tiny leafed (leaved?) natives have a similar problem.

I've noticed that many of these trees end up looking so heavily styled that they're almost topiary, for that reason. If you can catch up with the critiques that David has posted from the convention, you will see that Ryan touches on the "moving forward from a finished tree" problem.

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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby anthonyW » May 25th, 2019, 1:21 pm

Thanks Mel, ...and cheers for the link, great thoughts and challenges to apply and think about, enjoyed his talk very much, very good to hear your club is using the material, feel free to post pic here anytime.

The styling up top will be a good test for sure....Cheers Mel
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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby melbrackstone » May 25th, 2019, 2:55 pm

Here are a couple from last year's exhibition, Anthony.

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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby anthonyW » May 25th, 2019, 5:06 pm

Wow Mel thank you, my goodness your club has great depth there, awesome.

Your images have given fantastic incite to upright tree styling with this species, I sincerely appreciate that....Cheers Mel
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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby melbrackstone » May 25th, 2019, 5:17 pm

You're welcome, Anthony. I have to say, at least one of the members has a raft which is outstanding, and there are a few groups as well, but I suspect they won awards last year, so weren't shown this year. I'll see if I can get some shots of them if they show up at a meeting any time soon. :)
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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby MJL » May 25th, 2019, 5:45 pm

Wow! I like that 7 year old semi-cascade. Beeuuuutiful!


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Re: [NATURAL] Melaleuca 'Claret Tops'

Postby boom64 » May 25th, 2019, 8:16 pm

Fantastic Trees Mel. Looks like we are going to head north to get the big stock Anthony...Cheers John.
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