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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: SpongeMann on February 04, 2015, 05:28 PM

Title: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 04, 2015, 05:28 PM
Camphor Trees are highly invasive here. I collected a few last year. They recover fast and are pretty aggressive  . I chopped the trunks AndI prepped them for groundlayering .
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 04, 2015, 05:36 PM
I wrapped the top with a foam strip and placed a collar to guide the branches straight and quicken the healing Wound.  Well I imagine it will if I get grwth up there.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 04, 2015, 06:03 PM
I haven't  put a collar on this one. I'll put something  on tomorrow.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 04, 2015, 06:21 PM
Camphor seems to back bud easily but young trees seem to backbud at its base. Let's see what happens. My neighbors tree was pruned last year and all the wounds have healed but one.It has a quarter sized  space to fill.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: DorianJF on February 05, 2015, 02:03 AM
Very interesting

I have never seen a Foam Strip and Collar before.

Make sure you keep this going.  Would love to see how it works out.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 05, 2015, 10:39 AM
Thanks Dorian. I noticed the new branches on the seedlings grow too lateral then curve up.  I have never heard of the method either. But I'm almost sure some people  use it. I will definately keep up with updates.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: Dan James on February 10, 2015, 09:08 PM
I had worked on a very nice camphor tree in Japan . They actually can make be turned into nice trees , but hardly anyone uses them . Ancient camphor are some of the most majestic trees I've ever seen.

Good luck
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on February 11, 2015, 10:20 PM
Thank you James I'm going to need the luck. Do you have any tips on them  I could use the help. I haven't  gotten any buds sprouting yet. My pencil thin camphor seedlings sprouted back in two or three weeks. I'm keeping the trunk as moist as I can they are wrapped  in Palm tree fiber.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 10:10 AM
Hi everyone I have a few pics for one of the camphor trees.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 10:16 AM
I have to freshen the cut and add some cut paste. Camphors do need it I didn't use it last time and the bark died back on on side of the tree.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 10:23 AM
I am winging it with the camphor trees. I don't know much about them but they are tough trees. I need to choose the branches and rewire it.the first pic is of the new apex. It's the branch on the right.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on December 12, 2015, 10:03 AM
In Japan you occasionally see Camphor tree used for bonsai. Check out the many blogs of bonsai students studying in Japan, occasional pictures will show up.

I think it is usually used for medium to larger size trees, as the leaves don't reduce to small size. In the 3 ft range they can be nice.
Title: Re: A little work on a couple of Camphor Trees that I collected last year.
Post by: SpongeMann on December 15, 2015, 10:27 AM
How's it going Leo .I've looked around and I've seen a few blogs or posts on forums . But not much .I've never defoliated it. Just full sun a little wire and clip and grow. It's at about 10inches . I hope to keep it at about 1 1/2' height and  pretty wide . Any recommendations are well received thank you