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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Serissa on April 03, 2010, 09:02 PM

Title: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: Serissa on April 03, 2010, 09:02 PM
This was a hideously ugly six-foot tree which I cut to a stump and carved under the supervision of Colin Lewis.  I love the resulting tree, and it has been growing nicely for about 4 years.  This spring, I was dismayed to find that all the branch ends looked like sharpened pencils--fat tapering quickly to a point, just like a pencil.  I promptly cut them all off, and it is rebudding well.

My question is, why did I get the sharpened pencil points?  Is this characteristic of Drake Elms?  Anyone have any ideas?

Any suggestions on future development also gratefully received.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: steve on April 03, 2010, 09:12 PM
Looks great. One thing that strikes me (and I'm sure Colin thought of this) does the water pool in the trunk hollow?
Title: Re: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: Serissa on April 03, 2010, 09:36 PM
The hollow goes in, but not down, with the low point draining to the outside, so I haven't noticed any pooling.  I'll have a look next time I water though, just to be sure.

The hollow is entirely carved, not natural.  This started out as a 3 inch diameter tree, whacked off for transport at 6 feet, with an ugly bulb near the base.
Title: Re: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: Serissa on April 11, 2010, 05:26 PM
Well, water doesn't pool, but it doesn't come out the low point I made either.  It has apparently found its own way down and out, rotting a small channel in the process.  I think I remember now that Colin said not to worry about it--can't find my notes.  I cleaned it out as well as I could with a dental pick and soapy Q-Tips, then painted all the deadwood with lime sulphur.  I hadn't used lime sulphur before because I wanted to let the wood age and soften the edges a bit, plus I don't like the color.  I guess I'll do a paint job later.  I'll post another picture once I wash off the lime sulphur.
Title: Re: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: bwaynef on April 11, 2010, 09:03 PM
I like this tree.  I meant to comment on it earlier. 

Have you come up w/ any reasons for the pencil tips?
Title: Re: Drake Elm, hollow trunk
Post by: Serissa on April 12, 2010, 08:47 AM
I haven't found a reason for the pencil points.  I wish I had taken a picture of them.  Thinking back, I'm not even sure there were buds on the tips, though I'm certain the tree was healthy last summmer, and it spent the winter in a cold greenhouse--no freezing.  I looked up Drake Elm on Google.  It's a popular shade tree with a mottled trunk, which explains why I've got bark sluffing off in places.  No pictures of twigs though.