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John Kirby

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Chinese Elm of unusual structure
« on: May 11, 2014, 12:21 AM »
I have avoided imported Chinese Elms (Ulmus parvifolia) with their rather smooth bark and almost universally bad nebari. While I have always enjoyed the small leaves and the rapid ability for developing ramification, the faults have always pushed me away. Well, I broke down and purchased a Chinese Elm that was among a collection of neglected trees that became available. The tree here was once a cascade that had been imported and was rather large and relatively expensive, as imported Chinese Elms go. The tree was in bad shape and was planted in a large, rectangular, orchid pot, and was in a mystery planting mix, but it was priced right. So, I purchased the tree and borrowed an appropriately sized growing pot, bare rooted the tree and got it repotted to stimulate growth. The tree had very few live roots and I wasn't completely sure of how it would respond. So we waited.

Five months later, well the tree has grown extremely well. And it was time to wire and develop a more compact structure. I was at Boon's for a workshop weekend, so pruned wired and set back on the bench. Will dewire and rewire in June. Pictures are front before, back before, and front after.  I have an antique Japanese Namako  (sea cucumber) pot that we will work to plant this tree in over time, emwill need a good deal of future root work.
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Re: Chinese Elm of unusual structure
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 07:19 AM »
I like it John, the tree itself and the fact you acquired it.

Are those roots below the stand?
 

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Re: Chinese Elm of unusual structure
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 04:01 PM »
I don't think those are roots.  I think they're the rawhide chew bones that Boon gives his dogs!
 

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Re: Chinese Elm of unusual structure
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014, 07:14 PM »
They are Bully Sticks. Adair gets the prize.
 

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Re: Chinese Elm of unusual structure
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 10:38 AM »
I think you took a good gamble! I really like the negative space from the hollow in the trunk. Hope it responds well to the new upgraded digs!

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