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Winter Pruning of the Coastal Coral Tree (Erythrina caffra) | Mind Your Dirt
Ever since I began my journey studying the art of bonsai, I have been obsessed with harmonious tree patterns. How the branches relate to each other, the shape of the trunk and the root flair (or nebari in bonsai circles) as well as the silhouette of the tree as a whole are all fascinating to me. When working with bonsai, we are always trying to exaggerate these traits to make the tree appear as majestic as its full sized versions. Many of the techniques and designs used on bonsai can also translate into a full sized tree. Now whenever I plant a tree, I can't help but think about what branches will be dominant, what will be pruned and how I want to tree to grow. My days of just planting and letting nature take over are long gone. The coastal coral on my front lawn was no exception to this rule. I want a lovely specimen tree to welcome guests and be the envy of the block. I've spent the last year observing it and planning my attack. Sometimes I would just stand on the lawn and stare and