D & E Trees

Just after Christmas, a friend and I took a road trip to Maysville, GA, just northeast of Atlanta, to D & E Trees. Owner Dave Lapeyrouse met us at the gate in his 4-wheeler and drove us back into the beautiful rolling-hilled property to the growing fields.

There we were greeted by Dave’s trees, many planted a quarter-century ago for the purpose of Bonsai. Dave favors trident maples, Japanese black pines, and stewartia, and had a couple thousand to choose from. You tag, he dig.

Here are a few photos of the fields.

Stewartia:

Trident maples:

Japanese black pines:

Dave doesn’t ship, but if you’re looking for big material at a very reasonable price, email him at livingartbonsai@aol.com, or call him at 985-688-3682.

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Trident Pruning 2

This one has been growing out since 2009(?).  


The first trunk chop was done in 2013, and is about 75% healed:


I will breathe a sigh of relief when that bottom chop is closed; exposed chops tend to rot, which makes them nearly impossible to close, so it’s a race against time.  I reapply sealant several times a year to keep water out.

A bit of a haircut, removing the excessively thick branches, and keeping the sacrifice branch intact.


The upper section of trunk doesn’t translate well on 2D photos.  It moves forward, creating the illusion of a bulge.  Maybe it will be easier to photograph when it’s up on a bench.  For now, it’s on the ground, in an Anderson flat, and the roots have long-since escaped out the bottom and into the ground.  I’ll have to “collect” it when it’s time to repot!