this eastern red has improved greatly since the last image i posted of it. now i just hope i can keep it alive for its first winter in a container! previously it was growing on the side of some railroad tracks. it was actually adam that collected it by ripping it out of the with no tools whatsoever. its not the tactic i would recommend. if you look at the other picture of it from an earlier post you can see a big difference. if it survives, around this time next year it will have filled in considerably. this is a species that is rarely used in bonsai design and is thought to be difficult to train by most experts. my goal is to prove them wrong. so far its looking like i will.