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tmmason10

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Silverberry
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:24 PM »
This is a Silverberry my wife bought me for my birthday this past November. I picked it up at NE Bonsai this weekend, and to my surprise it was full of flowers! I'm excited to work on this tree in the future and also see what the berries look like this summer.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2014, 01:13 PM »
I have a couple of these, they are fun to work with. Mine always flower, but I don't get berries...
nice tree.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 01:36 PM »
Nice bark on an interesting trunk. Very cool flowers. 
 

tmmason10

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 04:23 PM »
Thanks guys. Judy-maybe I won't get berries either. Seems to be a fun species to work with.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 05:36 PM »
You need a pollinator.  There are male and female Eleaegnus.  Both seem to form berries, but only one has seeds from what I can tell.  Strange.  Nice tree.  For some reason I forgot to put that in my article in International Bonsai on the Genus.  Looking forward to working on it with you soon  :)
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2014, 07:55 PM »
You know Owen I thought that would be the case. Could be a really dumb question, but I'm ok with it, how can you tell whether it's female or male?
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2014, 11:37 PM »
Both seem to have stamens.  Maybe only one has an ovary.  I'll look into it.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2014, 12:23 PM »
Quick before and after shots from a couple of weekends ago, and this is how we will leave things for now. There needs to be a layer of chop to shorten it at some point due to some serious reverse taper, hidden by the foliage. Left the sacrifice branch to try and thick the first branch still.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2014, 08:21 PM »
Really nice bark and movement. The flowers are charming too. What cultivar is this?
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2014, 08:32 PM »
Really nice bark and movement. The flowers are charming too. What cultivar is this?

Thanks for the comment, he bark may be its best feature. I have no idea what the cultivar is. I know that it is a spring flowerer but maybe Owen could chime in.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2014, 07:51 PM »
Hi Tom,

It looks like your off to a good start.

I like the movement in the trunk and I like how the primary branches are set.

Regards,
Paul

 

tmmason10

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2014, 09:50 PM »
Hi Tom,

It looks like your off to a good start.

I like the movement in the trunk and I like how the primary branches are set.

Regards,
Paul



Thanks Paul. It has its issues for sure, but hopefully I can sort them out in time. It adds a nice diversity to the bench even if it doesn't become a show stopper.

Since you've posted, what would you recommend for a pot for a tree like this in the future? Interested to hear your take.
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2014, 12:15 PM »
sitting home with free time on my hands.  Tom, you have Elaeagnus multiflora.  Here is the description at the Portland Nursery site:
"Grown for red berries that taste like pie cherries, Goumi Berries have sweet smelling white flowers in May and are easy to care for, bug & disease resistant shrubs. Plants are self-fertile but will produce more if planted with another variety. Berries ripen in July."  The other popular for bonsai variety is E. pungent, which has a very fragrant little flower in late Oct/Nov followed by a small brown fruit.  This is the one I love to work with.  Yours had nice red berries on it when it first came to NE Bonsai Gardens before you bought it.  Both of these can be defoliated, partially at least, to get smaller leaves.
john
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2014, 01:37 PM »
sitting home with free time on my hands.  Tom, you have Elaeagnus multiflora.  Here is the description at the Portland Nursery site:
"Grown for red berries that taste like pie cherries, Goumi Berries have sweet smelling white flowers in May and are easy to care for, bug & disease resistant shrubs. Plants are self-fertile but will produce more if planted with another variety. Berries ripen in July."  The other popular for bonsai variety is E. pungent, which has a very fragrant little flower in late Oct/Nov followed by a small brown fruit.  This is the one I love to work with.  Yours had nice red berries on it when it first came to NE Bonsai Gardens before you bought it.  Both of these can be defoliated, partially at least, to get smaller leaves.
john


Thanks John, you had mentioned the Latin name before but I had forgotten. Hope your recovery is going well, enjoy your turkey day tomorrow!
 

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Re: Silverberry
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2014, 11:19 PM »
  Are either of the trees referred to commonly called Autumn Olive?