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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: lvillebonsai on June 01, 2010, 06:03 PM

Title: Collected Elm Styling Advice
Post by: lvillebonsai on June 01, 2010, 06:03 PM
Some history: This tree popped up in my garden so I just let it grow a couple years. I dug it up this spring with great difficulty and very heavy root cutting. The top was cut back by about 12-18 inches. I was pleasantly surprised that it made it! It is now in a growing box in bonsai soil.

I think it's some kind of elm, but not sure.

My question: I was hoping to get others' ideas on how to proceed from here. Taper seems to be the central drawback so far. I don't know if I should keep on of the branches making up the "Y" shape or just cut below them both to start a new leader.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Title: Re: Collected Elm Styling Advice
Post by: Don Blackmond on June 01, 2010, 09:00 PM
its an elm, a chinese elm variety
i'd take off the arm of the "Y" with the small secondary branch, and then allow the other arm to grow a bit before shortening it to a good bud for new apex
Title: Re: Collected Elm Styling Advice
Post by: Jerry Norbury on June 07, 2010, 06:28 PM
I agree - the left side gets chopped completely and the right side chopped between 1/2 and 2/3 of current height depending on how confident you are with chops... Elm is very forgiving - be brave.
Title: Re: Collected Elm Styling Advice
Post by: lvillebonsai on June 09, 2010, 10:12 AM
Thanks. I agree on which side to keep. Yes, I think I'll cut down pretty hard next year, perhaps angling the cut back toward the trunk line so the the top would end up roughly where the base is.