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.
Japanese black pines:
Dave doesn’t ship, but if you’re looking for big material at a very reasonable price, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 985-688-3682.
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!
A quick update on this tree. Before:
Ready for a little more root work, a decent pot, and some branch building.