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Tree Talk

Bush to Bonsai Chinese Elm

October 05, 2015

This Chinese elm started out as a bag tree from a local nursery. After field growing it and developing the trunk for some years I finally lifted and began styling it in 2013. The tree is now at the stage where branch structure is being developed. In this blog post we will defoliate the elm, trim the excessive growth and style the branches with wire.

Terry Erasmus styles a field grown Chinese elm

Layering of a Chinese Hackberry

September 29, 2015

In this blog post we will ground layer a Hackberry which is destined to become a broom styled bonsai. The nebari of broom styled trees should be very impressive, radiating out from the trunk in all directions, something which this Hackberry definitely does not have, but something which we are going to change.

Layering a Hackberry