We have Niwaki (Japanese garden trees)
 subdivided in Evergreen trees (this
chapter), Deciduous trees and Shrubs where
the main garden Karikomi and hako-zukuri shrubs
have a dedicated chapter.
In this chapter we discuss the trees following more or less the same route as used in the virtual guided tour.
Prior to starting your tree selection please read the statement of caution in Plants and planting.
This is a view from the street.
Although all other instances of Prunus lusitanica in Tsubo-en are (used as) Shrubs, this one is the exception to that rule and is a genuine tree trained as "twins" (sokanshitate) and pruned in hako-zukuri style.
The Prunus lusitanica and the triangular Buxus sempervirens to the left of it have just been pruned and clipped in the so called Hako- zukuri style.
Here viewed from the house with the street in
On the above photo you can just see the deciduous Ulmus parvifolia, also trained as "twins".
On this photo the Pinus
mugo mugo has just (2008)
undergone "fukinaoshi" 15 , a kind of revision (literally:
This resulted in a metamorphoses where it went from a bush to a grouping of (miniature) trees. Now the steps (danzukuri) need to develop (see: Fukinaoshi, "to re-do" overgrown trees).
In Tsubo-en we have three types of Abies (Fir, Dutch: Zilverspar).
This photo taken from the street.
The evergreen (or -gray/blue) tree that stands on the Turtle island is symbolic for the crane.
This is a beautiful Abies procera "Glauca" (Noble Fir).
Substantial part of it hangs over the Ginshanada gravel area. This is a deliberate choice that is well compensated by the visual effects we get in return.
|A Noble Fir branch and (deformed ?) cone in close-up.|
Abies procera "Glauca" (Noble
Fir) as seen from the pathway in the center of
the main garden, that is looking back while
walking the virtual guided tour.
In 2008 the top was taken out as this is the maximum hight that we want to retain.
|This Abies fraseri, Fraser fer, (Dutch: Fraserspar) was a pot-plant and brought in when we moved to this house. In 2008 it must be at least 18 years of age.|
|A dark blue-purple cone on the Abies fraseri.|
The two specimen of Abies Koreana "Tundra" grow extremely slow.
This one in front of Shumisen will eventually get (well be given) open layers where it is now still closed.
leucodermis "Satellit" is
Next to it on both sides Prunus lusitanica. After the erection of Shumisen we gave this Prunus its first major pruning, as we now know for sure what the proportions have to be. We will try to bring the tree closer to the spectator so that Mt. Sumeru seams to be "floating" at a further distance.
|A frequent visitor mushroom that grows in the shade of the Pinus leucodermis is the Boletus edulis, Cep (Dutch: eekhoorntjesbrood). Here growing in the Cutula groundcover.|
|Cones hanging on a branch of the Pinus leucodermis just under a new bud.|
|Pollen cones on a Pinus leucodermis branch.|
When standing in the opening of the living room sliding-door or on the main veranda this is what we see.
The Pinus densiflora or Japanese Red Pine, "Aka-matsu". In the backdrop "borrowed scenery" (from the golf course).
The photo shows the Pinus densiflora, Japanese Red Pine, just after its first major pruning or actually "fukinaoshi" 15, at an age of about 14 year, 10 of which in our garden [d],  (see: Fukinaoshi, "to re-do" overgrown trees).
Part of the
Pinus densiflora forms a canopy over
a portion of the Ginshanada gravel area.
This again is a well considered decision where we take the disadvantages for granted in return for the beautiful placement.
Also see: Pinus densiflora, Japanese Red Pine, pruning.
This is the second
On the above photo it can just be seen left of the Pinus densiflora and behind the Buxus droplet.
Here the left garden seen from the front.
To the left you just see the Nothofagus antarctica. Under it a Skimmia.
The three evergreen trees that you see from front to back will be discussed below.
|Here a close-up of the above left garden part. From left to right the Taxus, Chamaecyparis and Cryptomeria Japonica.|
Cryptomeria Japonica (sugi)
"elegans" just after its first major
training and pruning for lateral growth
Now we can start to develop the shape of the
foliage of the Cryptomeria Japonica as "steps"
Chamaecyparis Lawsonia "white
spot" has grown straight until 2008.
In the summer of 2008 this also was given a "fukinaoshi" treatment. The purpose of this is to get it shaped into the "hollow" version of the tamazukuri style (see: Fukinaoshi, "to re-do" overgrown trees).
|The Taxus media "hillii",Yew, got a "fukinaoshi" treatment in 2007. The style we pursue here is called "lots" (takanshitate), which means lots of "steps" (danzukuri) and/or "balls" (tamazukuri) (see: Fukinaoshi, "to re-do" overgrown trees).|
Here we document what went wrong with regard to the evergreen trees that we used or wanted to use.