African strangler fig II (Ficus natalensis)

The previous development of this tree from 2014 to 2019 is covered in the September 8, 2019 post of this blog. On September 28, 2019 I did a major restyling as shown below.

December 14, 2019:
The restyled tree.
September 28, 2019:
After the September 8 post I was dissatisfied with the long branches snaking out from the trunk. On September 28 I decided to prune it back hard and repot. Although in many regions in the Northern Hemisphere September would be too late in the season to repot a ficus, in Southern California we’d still have two or three months of good growing weather with nighttime temperatures in the 50s and 60s so I was confident it would have time to recover.
September 28, 2019:
The tree resprouting after being defoliated on September 8, before major branch pruning.
September 28, 2019:
Branch-pruned after the picture above.
September 28, 2019:
Removed from pot after branch-pruning.
September 28, 2019:
Soil removed from root mass.
September 28, 2019:
September 28, 2019:
Pruned branches awaiting repotting.
September 28, 2019:
Pruned branches potted in new soil.
September 28, 2019:
Trunk placement in pot, aquarium hose protecting roots from wire.
September 28, 2019:
Repotted, pruned branches with cut paste.
September 28, 2019:
Back on the benches with rocks protecting the shallow root areas.

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