Diospyros sp. ( Kamuning bilog)by Leo de Leon

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Clean the trunk bark and branches with a toothbrush and water to remove dirt and algae; this combination of algae and dirt hardens in the heat of summer and can cause damage to the tree. It is also unpleasant to look at.

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As we can see in the pictures above, the tree was totally defoliated. I do this twice a year in order to increase branch ramification.

Pruning

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Before and After Pruning

The foliage mass is pruned to a neat silhouette and inward and downward facing shoots are removed. I also ensure that no more than two shoots grow from any one point on each branch. Cutting off these unnecessary branches produces a cleaner, more defined look. The picture in the left looks confusing to the eye; however, the branches in the photo on the right have been pruned and cleaned up and are now pleasing to view.

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After pruning:Branch side view

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After Pruning Branch Top View

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More views of the bonsai before and after defoliating.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and have learned a few tips on cultivating Diospyros. Happy Bonsai growing!

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