I recently asked my friend Shane Martin how his Trident fusion was progressing. Shane’s trunk has completely fused and he has started building branches. It is early spring in Australia and the tree has just leafed out. Here in Shane’s own words.
Hi again Greg
Here is some extra info on the maple. Like I said, we had a shocker of a growing season last time, and the tree didn’t throw as many shoots on the trunk as I’d hoped, so I tried some creative inarch grafting on the left side as there was one shoot I’d let grow, low down near the base which was perfect for what I had in mind. I carved a segmented channel starting about a third up, sort of like a dotted line, and laid the whip shoot in it at varying spots up the trunk, securing it at each contact point with grafting tape. My hopes were that each little sub branch on the shoot would become new branches off the trunk. Well I’m truly getting my money’s worth from the one shoot. As you can see from the pics, it is growing well. This was out of leaf 2 weeks ago, so it should be a bush come summer. I am going to try and resist any pruning in favour of getting as much vigor back into the tree as possible. There is also a small sacrifice branch at the apex to improve the final segment of taper, which will be the only pruning this season.
I also changed the original back of the tree to the new front due to the better nebari thanks to watchful eye of another bonsai friend of mine. The last pic shows the new front, but I just topped up the soil level in the grow box which hides the nebari a bit unfortunately. Next year when I repot the tree I will also rotate it clockwise in the pot about 5 or 10 degrees to correct its new orientation.
Well I think that’s about it Greg…. let me know if there are any other details you need.
GRAFT AREA BELOW… NICE AND VIGOROUS
BACK VIEW BELOW
I agree with the selection of your new front view. The nebari is much more powerful and the trunk has more character.