Branches - Refining

Having got your tree to a resonable state, a good trunk taper and a fine spread of branches, you may think the job is done, not so I'm sorry to say. A Bonsai is never 'static', so you will need to keep on pruning the branches to maintain its shape. Branches will in fact need to be redeveloped every few years, this is no more than a really hard pruning. it will however make the tree 'unshowable' for a while.

Remember that to have a branch that looks good without leaves you will need to develop a fine structure, this can be achived by pruning, wiring and leaf trimming (if appropriate),however there are one or two things to bear in mind which will improve the looks of your tree.

Mature trees do not have foliage growing in the crotch of the branch and trunk.

Remove any foliage that hangs down, as this hides the branch structure.

Try to keep open or 'negative' areas between the foiliage pads, failing to do so will make the tree look more like a shrub.

Allen. C. Roffey 20:29 07/02/98