This tree has been in a pot for two growing seasons now, and is coming along well.
And with the leaves now gone:
Areas that are a bit too heavy can be addressed.
A little wire, to keep it looking fairly natural, and the work for the fall is nearly done. The apex needs to be moved just a bit to the right.
A guy-wire should do the trick:
Subtle, but necessary for good balance.
I repotted the Stewartia this spring into a shallow container…maybe too shallow. But I think it will be ok. I wanted to correctly orient the tree so the new front would be, well, out front.
My short history of this tree spans about 16 months now. Here is a post on the collection through first styling:
Freshly potted, checking the position:
Close-up of the base, which will be covered with sphagnum moss to retain moisture:
And watered in:
It really didn’t skip a beat.
And on May 1st, it was time to prune back and check wires.
Not biting in yet.
Directional pruning is particularly important in trees that grow in an alternating leaf Pattern. The grower can direct the next shoot’s direction by pruning and result in a more organized branch structure; something for which Stewartia are appreciated.
Prune at the red lines to direct future growth outward as shown by the blue arrows:
And the end result for now: