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Old 03-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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I would guess that the trees I took pictures of were about 15 feet tall or so. The gate you posted is beautiful. I'll take pictures of these trees throughout the season, including them fully lit for Christmas. They are attractive any time of the year. I have no idea how old they are but I've been in my home since 1986 and they were always there. Maybe I'll approach the house or see the owners outside some day and talk to them about how I admire their trees. I could get the history then.



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Looks like tree BDSM to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Especially when Vikingdad mentions binding the males and females together.


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Vikingdad, any idea on what kind of trees these might be?

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WOW never seen or heard of anything like that. pretty neat

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WOW never seen or heard of anything like that. pretty neat
Well, I had always seen these trees since I lived where I'm at now. I had no idea it was a sort of tree pruning that is known to horticulturists. Then Vikingdad mentioned it and I had to show him these trees.
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Had to look up BDSM. Yeah, it is kind of like that! You are forming the tree into an unnatural shape and then maintaining it. A better example of tree BDSM would be Circus Trees of Axel Erlandson- the technique was invented by Erlandson just a few miles from me, and some of his trees still survive, but most of them were moved to Gilroy CA when they were bought by John Bonfante for his wife, Claudia (I have met the Bonfantes, they are good friends of a former manager I had). Fascinating trees though. Someday I might play around with that technique just for the fun of it. Here is a Wiki link that explains it- if for no other reason but to see some pictures of these Circus Trees- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_Trees


Now, as to the espalier trees Winds took pictures of, I can't tell what kind they are. Do they bloom out? If so they could be a non-fruiting cherry or plum. The bark looks sort of like those. Are the leaves colored other than green? Like red? And what shape are the leaves? When they break buds and leaf out send me a pic of them then. Or you could knock on the doors to the houses! Those trees must be maintained to keep the shape, so it is likely one or both of the neighbors know what they are. On closer look they look like a combination of Pollarding and Espalier, the Pollarding has been done in a single plane. Here are a couple of pics of Pollarding.

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Had to look up BDSM. Yeah, it is kind of like that! You are forming the tree into an unnatural shape and then maintaining it. A better example of tree BDSM would be Circus Trees of Axel Erlandson- the technique was invented by Erlandson just a few miles from me, and some of his trees still survive, but most of them were moved to Gilroy CA when they were bought by John Bonfante for his wife, Claudia (I have met the Bonfantes, they are good friends of a former manager I had). Fascinating trees though. Someday I might play around with that technique just for the fun of it. Here is a Wiki link that explains it- if for no other reason but to see some pictures of these Circus Trees- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_Trees


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Wow, that Pollarding is very cool.

I may go knock on the door of the home those trees sit on. I would imagine they'd be thrilled to talk about their awesome trees.
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Wow, that Pollarding is very cool.

I may go knock on the door of the home those trees sit on. I would imagine they'd be thrilled to talk about their awesome trees.
I'd bet money you would not be the first person to ask.
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I'd bet money you would not be the first person to ask.
I'm sure you're right. And just like we like it when someone asks us about guns, I bet they get excited when someone wants to talk about their trees.
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I hope so! It would be interesting to know what they are.



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