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GBHunter

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My new quality tree
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:53 PM »
This is a wonderful tree I bought from Brent at Evergreen Garden. I was going to buy a tree from a guy here in Michigan but he stopped answering  my e-mails so I decided against it.
I digress. This is a 25 year old maple campstre, Brent will help me style this tree via e-mail and photos(rough style anyway). I will need to find a nice pot for it as this is my first "quality tree". What shape of pot should I use? Also in this case would completely inorganic soil be what I use? For my evergreens I use fine sived pine bark for a little water retention. I will keep updating this as Brent and I work on this tree.
oh yes, I also fertilize this tree every two weeks with an inorganic fertilizer, 30:10:10.
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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2014, 12:07 AM »
I'm not familiar with that particular maple, but it looks ok, with nice nebari, and a decent sized trunk.

Generally speaking, we use inorganic soil, with organic fertilizer.  With maples, we increase the proportion of akadama for greater water retention.

The best time to design maples is winter when you can see the branch structure.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2014, 02:05 AM »
Nice trunk on that maple  :)

have frun working and learning on it!

kind regards
Herman
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 09:19 AM »
GB,

Great tree, congratulations.

I have two hedge maples that have been in my possesion for several years. One is the dwarf variety, 'Compacta.' They are easy to grow - full sun and lots of water. They grow strongly and give you the opportunity for plenty of trimming.

The only issue I've had is leaf spot. Keep the foliage dry and if it starts spray occasionally with a fungicide, I use daconil. Yours should do great in full sun in Michigan. Great species, nice bark and foliage.

Best,

Augustine
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 03:53 PM »
A small Elm in a pot. Since the photo the main trunk has been cut further back for more taper.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 01:28 AM »
  Is it a Jacqueline Hillier elm by chance?
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2014, 11:43 AM »
  Is it a Jacqueline Hillier elm by chance?

indeed it is.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2014, 12:09 PM »
  Very cool little trees. I'm on the lookout for one myself. I have this crazy idea of collecting all of the different elms. They are great trees to work with.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2014, 12:16 PM »
They were going to have a bonsai class at the nursery I got this plant from, but alas no one signed up. So the class was canceled and the elms were up for grabs.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2014, 11:00 PM »
Ok well I cut back the elm but I wonder what to do about the branch that my finger is pointing to. I don't think cutting back this low would look good but I will let the more experienced members of this forum advise here.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2014, 04:22 AM »
I reckon you can cut IT, or back to it as a new leader. But not this year, so ponder it all winter!

Depends on what direction you like.

It is a little large, and coming off the trunk at what seems to be a difficult angle to use as a branch on the current trunk. Maybe keep it as a secondary trunk?

You should get buds poppin at the base to replace it. Could leave it to thicken your trunk for a while.

Glad to see you posting all these trees!

Sorce
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2014, 04:48 PM »
I will take that advice, I will wait till next spring to see what buds are where.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2014, 07:45 PM »
JH elms grow in a very challenging way. We used to propagate them from cuttings. You have to get the trunk where you want it then grow branches, which thicken pretty quickly and have very little taper unless you keep on them with pinching, continuous pinching of growth is a very stressful activity for your tree .

You identified this thread as being about Quality Trees. What is your definition of a quality tree?
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2014, 08:23 PM »
JH elms grow in a very challenging way. We used to propagate them from cuttings. You have to get the trunk where you want it then grow branches, which thicken pretty quickly and have very little taper unless you keep on them with pinching, continuous pinching of growth is a very stressful activity for your tree .

You identified this thread as being about Quality Trees. What is your definition of a quality tree?

The tree in the first post, is a tree I would consider high quality, in my opinion.
 

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Re: My new quality tree
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2014, 09:38 PM »
Why is it high quality? What are characteristics that make it high quality? I am just trying to get a sense.