More Tokyo Street Trees (Pruned Young Conifers)
This is a photo I took from my cab one early morning that shows off some very large street trees in Tokyo that have been heavily pruned. I've posted about street trees like this before here. But, if you look closely behind those larger parkway or street trees, you'll see some smaller, very thin conifer trees that have been trained or pruned to be long and leggy in the style of the larger spruce/pine trees that I saw in the Imperial Gardens.
Remember that photo of a beautiful tree that I posted from outside the Peninsula Hotel? I think these little trees might be on their way towards something like that one: a big, strong singular trunk that can be wired to create some of that curvature and longer limbs with needles clustered on their tips. Scroll down on this post from my last trip to Tokyo where I visited the Imperial Gardens and you can see more of these mature conifer trees.
#8 on my 2019 Garden To-Do List is to plant more conifers. I know I want to look at adding some columnar varieties, but maybe I can look to adding a spruce or pine that I can prune to be more interesting in a bonsai-like manner. Gardening inspiration is all around and I'm beginning to lean more into things that have come from Japan including the flowering Cherry Tree tree and now some pruned conifers.