I have a limber pine that I acquired from the RMBS auction last year. It was a very leggy specimen with a great trunk and deadwood.
1) Every time I have bought something at an auction and then style it, I see immediately why it was sold off. These trees are challenges! (I got it at a steal, luckily). Photo 1 is what it looked like when I took it home.
I like this tree, but the two or three tufts of foliage look awkward right now. I think limber pine are fairly robust budders, and I plan to fertilize and water heavy this year to push more growth. Any other suggestion? Pruning in the fall to generate? Any suggestions welcome.
Photo 1: raw stock
Photo 2: first style
Photo 3: today after repot
If you look close, check out how the needle length changed this last year. Long needles are from abundant water which I gave it. Year prior needles are from Bob Randall's excellent care and are quite a bit shorter!