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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Zach Smith on August 28, 2010, 03:48 PM

Title: American hornbeam - first styling
Post by: Zach Smith on August 28, 2010, 03:48 PM
I collected this tree last winter.  Trunk 6" at soil level, 17" to the chop.  Second shot shows a closeup of the base.  Final shot is post-trimming and wiring.  The apex obviously needs to grow wild for another two or three years, while the branches fill out and add girth.  I'm leaving a branch off the secondary trunk that was chopped in order to (hopefully) prevent rotting/hollowing and potential loss of rootage on that side of the tree.  Time will tell.

Zach

Title: Re: American hornbeam - first styling
Post by: Jerry Norbury on August 30, 2010, 12:24 PM
How do American Hornbeam grow? I thought I heard it was rather slow, right?

Anyway - it looks like a lovely piece of material.

I imagine you'll be chopping this further...
Title: Re: American hornbeam - first styling
Post by: Zach Smith on August 30, 2010, 03:21 PM
How do American Hornbeam grow? I thought I heard it was rather slow, right?

Anyway - it looks like a lovely piece of material.

I imagine you'll be chopping this further...
American hornbeam is actually a fairly rapid grower, putting on new growth all during the season.  I should be able to get the new leader thick enough to make the transition smooth within 5 years (not bad considering the diameter of the apical chop).  There will be much carving down the road.  I may not keep the low secondary trunk, it all depends on how the tree develops.

Thanks for the kind comments, Jerry.

Zach
Title: Re: American hornbeam - first styling
Post by: Zach Smith on April 03, 2012, 10:50 AM
Here's an update on my hornbeam.  Last year I put the tree into a planting tub to give it more room to grow.  Found the right front and let the apex continue to grow out, while beginning work on the branch structure.  This year I cut the new apex back and will let it run for another couple of seasons, then repeat the process as needed.

Comments welcome.

Zach