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Jerry Norbury

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Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« on: November 26, 2010, 02:38 AM »
Chinese Ash started getting imported at Lodder Bonsai here in The Netherlands a couple of years ago. I’ve had limited success with European Ash and figured these would the same nonsense so largely ignored them. Any way, eventually I spotted a pretty one and bought it just to try it out. Well it survived a winter outside and turned out to be a very very nice species to work with – even in very small sizes.

This year there were a lot more of them available and I ended up buying eight shohins. Here is the first – it’s approximately 16cm – just over 6 inches.

Here's the sequence from when I bought it in March through to November. You'll note that I even repotted it a second time into a better pot (Slovakian handmade).
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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 03:27 AM »
Here is a second one - it's a couple of inches larger than the first one. The shari was there already - almost certainly just as a result of an accident and unintentional. I'm considering treating it with lime sulpher and ink since the bark is already nearly white - opinions?
Again March this year to November. Handmade ("antique" even since I got it 30 years ago) English pot.
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 08:04 AM »
Jerry, those are interesting little trees, and quite nice. They appear to be able togetquite twiggy (ramified) very quickly. I ad always thought of Ash as medium to large trees because of thegrowth pattern, your trees make the possibility of shohin look very much a reaonable goal. Thanks! John
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 12:17 PM »
Indeed - Ash have always been useless for me in the past - but this variety is very different. Not only are the leaves really small, but you can prune the leaves (cut in half or just clip them and they don't go brown or fall off - even the edges. Also the internode spaces are small. I discovered they can take -10C. Walter Pall keeps going on about some Flowering Ash that's the best thing since sliced "brot" - I think this Chinese one is too.
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 05:41 PM »
Here's another one bought last year:
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 05:54 PM »
And another #4
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 06:01 PM »
Well this years batch arrived at the bonsai place - so I again picked out what I thought were the best. They had a few hundred in, maybe 500-700 of them. I found 6 decent ones and bought them.
Here we go - first some small ones 6 inch high in 4 inch pots and then some larger ones 8 inch high 6 inch pots:
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 06:03 PM »
8 inch ones
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011, 04:39 AM »
Crazy.  I'd skipped this post because it had the "ash" word in it, amazing ramification for something you'd think of as a very coarse tree.
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2014, 08:25 PM »
Hey Jerry.
 Update?
Hows the weather out there?
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2014, 04:07 PM »
Updates are always nice. I continue to love these little Chinese Ash.

 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2014, 04:46 PM »
They look remarkably like Chinese elms.  Love that last pot!  Have you considered lowering the first one?
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2014, 03:47 PM »
They're not like any of my Chinese elms :-)

The last pot is a cheap Chinese ting and cost only $3.

By shortening, do you mean planting it deeper in the pot?
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2014, 04:38 PM »
Yes that is what I meant, planting deeper. 
 

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Re: Chinese Ash - Fraxinus Chinensis
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2014, 05:42 PM »
Looking at it in this photo, I think you're right. Looks like some of the fine akadama has washed out from between the roots leaving them somewhat exposed.

I have an album of that particular tree here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/sets/72157625467685862

I can see that they were not previously so exposed and it looked better for it.