Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way

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Japanese gardeners have a unique pruning technique that highlights the natural characteristics of garden trees, or niwaki. With Jake Hobson’s practical guide, home gardeners can sculpt their own garden trees into beautiful, asymmetrical shapes.

Over the years, Japanese gardeners have fine-tuned a distinctive set of pruning techniques that coax out the essential characters of their garden trees, or niwaki. In this highly practical book, Western gardeners are encouraged to draw upon the techniques and sculpt their own garden trees to unique effect. After first discussing the principles that underpin the techniques, the author offers in-depth guidelines for shaping pines, azaleas, conifers, broadleaved evergreens, bamboos and deciduous trees. Throughout the text, step-by-step illustrations accompany the instructions, while abundant photographs and anecdotes bring the ideas surrounding niwaki vividly to life.

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Hobson spent years with a nursery in Japan studying the Japanese method of pruning trees and bushes. He describes the method here, in chapters devoted to pines, conifers, azaleas, bamboos, deciduous, and broadleafed evergreens. Detailed drawings of the pruning methods, as well as numerous photos of Japanese examples make this an eminently practical guide. A chapter is included on the nursery and pruning profession in Japan. A glossary of terms is provided. Oversized: 9.5x11". Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780881928358
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 28 cm


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