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LarryT

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Small-leaved Elms
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:54 PM »
I may have gotten in too late on a previous post for most to notice, so...  here's the first of what I wanted to share.  When you find an elm with small leaves in the Midwest, not all older books will help you ID it.  But try searching, Siberian Elm, Ulmus pumilla.  It is commonly called Chinese Elm by farmers and suburbanites alike and can even be seen springing up in flower gardens and sidewalk cracks.  It is not the traditional Chinese elm associated with bonsai.  It is more hardy and fun to work with, but has some tendency for twig die back in winter.  Over wintering outside is fine, with some mulch or a buried pot out of the direct sun.  
 

davestree

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Re: Small-leaved Elms
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 09:18 AM »
Do you have any pictures of Siberian elm bonsai ?
 

rockm

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Re: Small-leaved Elms
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 09:38 AM »
Siberian elm as bonsai is unstable. They drop limbs for no apparent reason, just as they do in the landscape--which is why many landscaper don't use them anymore.

This quirk can cause major redesign of your bonsai after years of careful development. Although siberian elm is extremely common and easy to collect, just about any other elm species is far superior as bonsai.