Pinus thunbergii var. corticosa 'Wabi Sabi San'

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Pinus thunbergii var. corticosa 'Wabi Sabi San'

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  A most extraordinary find...a Japanese black pine! Late spring 2001 was when I was searching field-grown black pine nursery operations in S. Canby/Woodburn, Or. for neglected stock for a one hundred tree niwaki project I wanted to get underway. Niwaki is the larger trained-sculpted trees found in REAL Japanese gardens. I figured it was a ten+ year investment. The second day in I discovered an unusual-barked seven year old that I tagged and inquired about. It wasn't for sale but yes I could take scionwood in the winter, three pieces, no more! Those three all knitted for me that winter. Little did I know they would become 'Wabi Sabi San' an incredible yatsubusa corticosa (a multi-budded cork bark) gem.
 This corticosa is the most flexible black pine I have ever encountered! One of my favorite lecture/demos on pine training is a complete first styling of a raw Wabi Sabi San using just my Felcos. In an hour or less a ten year old can end up looking more like a twenty-five year old without using bonsai wire or guys. Wabi Sabi has the ability to push out fresh new buds all the way back to dormant seven year older branch whorls. WSS will also set buds mid span on most perimeter internode spaces as long as there are five-six needle bundles still in place behind the timely cuts. WS is the only cork bark I know that will consistently produce top, bottom and side branches at nearly every whorl and always show strong support for the bottom branch anywhere on the tree, even in the heavily shaded parts.
 Wabi Sabi San is a very vigorous yet friendly yat corticosa for the bonsai/niwaki artist. With a few years of growth momentum underway you'll find at any branch tip, a somewhat typical yatsubusa new growth arrangement consisting of one center terminal shoot eight to twelve inches long surrounded by two shorter pairs of five inch shoots and then in between these two pair, a two inch set of three shoots. All total, eight branches, three sizes, lots of styling options. Adding in the flexibility factor, the creative level comes way up. Full sun for WSS to insure the availability of all the yatsubusa options. WSS sold out quicker than expected. A few more available for fall 2018. Left to its own... in 10 years 8'H x 5'W.  Zone 5
 

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