Yaupon Holly part 2

I don’t know about you, but when I take a few months off from wiring in the summer, I always feel like I need to “warm up” on a starter tree before moving up to some of the better ones. So, in the fall of 2014, I decided to rip into this one again. Not really the best time of year, but it still had a couple months to grow and harden off before winter.

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Branches of all ilex are fragile and easily broken. They grow like mad, and usually many shoots from the same spot. This makes early styling relatively forgiving (until you get to the level of refinement Jonas has taken this one)

So, knuckles cracked, and we get to work. First reducing clumps of shoots down to pairs and in some cases, 3 to offer a backup:

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From here, it was an exercise in reducing shoots down to pairs, then spreading them out with wire to set the “bones” of the secondary branches, and give the foliage some space in the sun.

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Finished for the fall:

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Did I mention this thing is pretty hefty?

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