When Japanese Pines Incline

My son and his dear wife gave us this Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii) years back, maybe a foot (30.5cm) tall sapling.


Looks normal from this angle.

It took the place of an Asian elm that I always hated and had cut.


Walk around it though and it looks weird.

The contractor’s soil put in after stump removal was rich so the pine grew fast.
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But, alas, it was not stable soil so the tree began listing to starboard, pizza tower like.

Of course the trunk bent over trying to compensate, as trees will under mass wastage or soil creep conditions.
I’m trying this post and rope support to save it, gradually pulling it straighter by looping the rope.

At each increment the normally vertical blossoms take several days to reorient.

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Image via Wikipedia.

I think it will be OK now, though it’ll always look like a giant bonsai.

Or a coastal tree alway bent and battered by constant wind.

You can tell the drought here in California has finally ended, at least for this year.

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