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Crypto. J 'Rasen' as espalier?

Posted by HuldaFognozzle z8B WA (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 19, 11 at 14:38

I just bought a Crypto J "Rasen" for use in a big pot in the inside corner of a solid wood fence in our Asian koi pond garden.
It is about 8 feet tall with lots of branches, will supposedly get to be 20 feet tall, fast grower.
Has anybody trained one of these as an espalier? I think it will be dramatic, very different and exciting.

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RE: Crypto. J 'Rasen' as espalier?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 18, 11 at 8:48

I say go for it.
Judging by your excitement, I'm sure you already have.
I have a lot of different Cryptomeria. I've pruned most. It's been my experience they take to pruning well.
Good luck.

RE: Crypto. J 'Rasen' as espalier?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 14, 11 at 14:06

Shown developed into a poodle on the internet, although this obscures the foliage contortion that is the point of the cultivar it does demonstrate the tree can tolerate close pruning.

RE: Crypto. J 'Rasen' as espalier?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 17, 11 at 20:23

Right on Bboy. It does obscure the reason it was chosen to be a cultivar. That, of course, doesn't mean it can't be 'pruned' as to the owner's wishes. Usually that ends in disaster, but espalier is pretty straight forward. Not much room for error, if you follow the rules.
I like more creative pruning and paying attention to graduated scale. Short to tall. Small to big, etc.
Maybe constant, as in the world of a scale model train the setting is in. Even then you have edges where the scale goes up.

I liked pruning these Cryptomeria japonica 'Jindai' to look like old growth Doug Firs. They're due to be pruned again as soon as I can get to them. :-) Maybe move a bunch also.
The bigger they get, the closer they are to each other.
I prune as tight as I dare. Plants grow faster than most people realize. Or is it time goes faster the older you get?

Giant Bonsai

RE: Crypto. J 'Rasen' as espalier?

Pleeeeaaase post pics when you've started!! I am dying to go get a Cryptomeria now......

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