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scottprice

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Royal Empress Tree bonsai?
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:23 PM »
upon some info i got from members here....starting from seeds arent the way to go. And i completely agree...the only reason i chose seeds is because it was the cheaper option and gave me a bunch of specimens to work with...

so i set out to look for fast growing trees (from seeds)...i found the Royal Empress Tree....capable of growing 10 FEET in on season!!!

what do you guys think of this tree for bonsai?
 

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Re: Royal Empress Tree bonsai?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 09:30 PM »
As was suggested in another thread, I agree with the suggestions of juniper and elm.  I would also add trident maple as a relatively indestructible tree to start with. 

I think you'll have more success with these species, particularly with the amount of information available on these.

Any local clubs in your area?  Lots to learn from folks face to face.
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 09:40 PM »
Pawlonia is a challenging subject for many reasons, master the trident- then come back. They do have spectacular flowers in spring.
 

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Re: Royal Empress Tree bonsai?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 06:04 AM »
"No need to re invent the wheel"  When just starting out in a new field it is best to go with the tried and true. In the future, when you have gained experience you can go and try new directions.

You want to enjoy Bonsai, you want to experience success. You need to start with a tree like the ones mentioned above. This is your journey, you can go in any direction you want but others have been in your position before and the path they chose works.

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Re: Royal Empress Tree bonsai?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2011, 01:15 PM »
Pawlonia is not a very good bonsai subject. Just because it's capable of hyper growth doesn't make it so. If fact, that kind of growth is a negative, since most growth is going to be bolt upright and coarse. Pawlonia is coarse in habit even inthe ground--the leaves tend to be HUGE.
 

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Re: Royal Empress Tree bonsai?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011, 03:42 PM »

so i set out to look for fast growing trees (from seeds)...i found the Royal Empress Tree....capable of growing 10 FEET in on season!!!

what do you guys think of this tree for bonsai?

Scott,

Paulownia tomentosa would not be my first choice to suggest for a beginner but for the experienced it’s not out of the question and certainly a challenge. Any of the Elms or a Trident maple would be a better choice for your first tree as they are forgiving, hardy and give new enthusiasts immediate feedback on your work and will help in skill development. However, Paulowina is not out of the question for someone that likes the "Natural" design styles and a larger tree in the 36 inch range, maybe a tad larger, to accommodate the size of the flowers. The leaf size is large but this tree flowers early in the spring before the leaves emerge which is when you would naturally enjoy it most. The rest of the time it would be of little interest and spend most of it’s time at the back of the bench.  There are techniques that can be used that will enable you to make something nice out of this tree, but my suggestion is to get a little experience under your belt and find someone in a bonsai club that works with odd material and likes the natural design style.

Randy