This corkbark black pine is a cultivar called Hachi Gen. It develops the tortoise shell bark, not the wings and fissures more commonly seen. Brent Walston propagated this tree as a cutting, so it’s on its own roots and after a few years of considering it, I finally decided to try layering it in March, ’13. Here it is in late summer ’12, where the section of trunk without any branches is visible. Many thought the lower section would make a great shohin, I actually think the top would be equally good…if only it will root.
The area to layer:
Water well, and the waiting begins…
Mid-summer ’13, and it’s still green. So it’s either healing over, or rooting. No roots are visible yet in the cup.
Fast forward to April ’14, the apex is happy, green and growing…so it’s either rooting or bridging the girdled trunk.