I trimmed a few runners and wired my Korean hornbeam a couple of weeks ago. I plan on making a twin trunk style tree. The smaller trunk is already dynamic and built, but last year I took the top off of the taller trunk to to rebuild it. I wired but did not trim the branches on the trunk I am trying to build in order to try and have it gain some girth.
As originally purchased.
As it was this spring.
After trimming, then adding just a couple of wires.
I think it’s headed down the right path and I hope that the dominant trunk grows some girth this year. It will be too big to be a shohin but will still be a small, compact tree.
I thought I’d share a few spring pictures of my trees. I’m actually down to only 8 trees if you can believe it. I’m taking the quality over quantity approach. I still have some tropicals but they are still in winter storage.
First up, the Japanese maple arakawa that wakes up with a vengeance every year. It needs a haircut and a direction.
This Japanese maple forest always looks good in spring. It needs some work to be less top heavy still, hoping to get to it soon.
My RMJ also looks happy and healthy and I might work on it this year.
The itoigawa needs another haircut and styling this spring as well.
My silver berry flowered again. Even on its sacrifice first branch. Might look into air layering the top this spring.
My Japanese maple Bloodgood looks ok but not as vigorous as my other maples again.
The Korean hornbeam needs a trim and some wire. It’s coming along nicely and there will be another post soon.
This Chickasaw plum ended up flowering this year but I didn’t see it. I plan to give it a directional prime this spring.
And that’s it! I don’t plan on adding trees to the collection but focusing on the ones that I have. Stay tuned more posts to come!
Here is a pre-bonsai I purchased over the past winter. It is a Chickasaw Plum that was collected in Florida. The species sports white flowers in early spring but I will probably not let it flower for quite a few years.
Tree last winter:
After potting up from being shipped this spring:
Growing vigorously this spring:
A touch of fall color:
And a couple of end of year photos. Before and after a trim:
I let some of the branches to unchecked this year as I build taper to the apex. I think the general layout for the tree is there but we will see how things progress over the next few years.