Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chinese elm shohin

After ten years of development this little elm is now show ready. It is a dwarf cork bark variety, probably 'Seijou'.




5 comments:

Ross Munro said...

So many gems from your garden!
This elm has the presence of a much larger bonsai. Thank you for your continued postings.

Shaukat Islam said...

Walter,

I have the common Chinese elm, not the cork barked one.

Can you pls advise is there any way to develop a rough stem texture and thickening of stem for the common Chinese elm?

Regards,

Shaukat

Walter Pall said...

Shakat,

I am afraid that this has to be genetic. The tree is born to have a rough bark, or not. I don't think you could ever develop this on the subtropical variety of U. parvifolia.

Walter

Walter Pall said...

Shakat,

thickening is certainly possible with the smooth bark varieties. But it takes quite long to look credible. One just applies the regular thickening techniques: let grow and cut back, let grow and cut back severly and so on.

Walter

aquarius said...

Walter,

Thanks for your comments.

I have applied the regular techniques, which gives good results for other trees, but not Chinese Elm.

I get numerous shoots, so much so, that regular pruning needs to be done, but I am not quite contented with the stem-branch appearance and thickness ratio. The branches grow vigorously overtaking the stem...

Hence I was wondering if the climate where I live is too hot and whether this species grows well in a sub-tropical climate.

Shaukat