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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Hotaction on November 14, 2009, 06:31 PM

Title: hornbeam leaves
Post by: Hotaction on November 14, 2009, 06:31 PM
So, after the leaves turn, do they need to be removed from the tree?  Should you pull them or cut them?  I want to get a look at the branches so i can come up with a plan

dave
Title: Re: hornbeam leaves
Post by: Steven on November 14, 2009, 10:45 PM
Dave,

If they don't pull off easy(very little effort) ya can cut them at the petiole. Hope this helps.

Steven
Title: Re: hornbeam leaves
Post by: Zach Smith on November 16, 2009, 10:13 AM
They'll fall on their own soon enough, but if you're eager then you can cut them near the axil.  It's best not to try pulling them off, as sometimes you'll tear a strip of bark along with the leaf and can damage the area where new leaves will emerge.

Zach
Title: Re: hornbeam leaves
Post by: Tom Mounce on December 09, 2009, 02:25 PM
Dave, I have about 5 Korean Hornbeams and 3 of them will drop the leaves on their own but the other 2 have to have the leaves pulled off. I usually wait until the leaves turn brown and then remove them all before they go into my winter storage area. I have always pulled them off and never had a problem with tearing the bark. I found it is easiest to hold the end leaf in one hand and pull the other leaves back towards the trunk, this saves on breaking your smaller branches if the leaves are tough to remove. Then remove the last leaf.

Tom
Title: Re: hornbeam leaves
Post by: Jerry Norbury on December 09, 2009, 05:06 PM
Dave, I have about 5 Korean Hornbeams and 3 of them will drop the leaves on their own but the other 2 have to have the leaves pulled off. I usually wait until the leaves turn brown and then remove them all before they go into my winter storage area. I have always pulled them off and never had a problem with tearing the bark. I found it is easiest to hold the end leaf in one hand and pull the other leaves back towards the trunk, this saves on breaking your smaller branches if the leaves are tough to remove. Then remove the last leaf.

Tom
Same here - I just pull the little buggers off when they are all just about off. Pulled the last ones off the last hornbeam at the weekend. Hornbeam remain a funny tree - I noticed that one was still growing new leaves at the bottom while the leaves had nearly all fallen from the top. And I'm talking about a shohin here...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/3242215022/#in/set-72157612447840529/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/3242215022/#in/set-72157612447840529/)