Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
I love that maple, so different with what the Japanese are doing to their maples. I see that your elm had lost it's leaves, mine is a shohin (15 cm) and evergreen all winter. I'm always afraid that the tree is so vulnerable to frost. How hardy are they?
Marcus, there are a couple hundred different elm species. It is most important to know which one you have and what requirements this species has.You probably have a Chinese elm which has very little to do with my elm.
Yes, it is a Chinese elm. I have seen dosens of pictures of these elms and mine never loses it's leaves. Mine stays pretty cool during the winter. All of my maples (Japanese and trident) are now balt, just like my zelkova and English oak. But that little elm is always green and even grows on during the winter. All trees are standing in the same cold room with a temperature of 1-5 degree Celcius. No frost.
Walter, that is the single best Ulmus Glabra bonsai i've seen. It is a fabulous native species to most european countries, certainly in germany, here in belgium, and many more... It is so seldomly used for bonsai, and what a shame that is. Its drama all the way, lots of character, robust great tree ! I want one too, have been looking around for some years, i guess i'll have to start from nursery (tree nursery) and develop it for many years. The one more commonly used offcourse is the Ulmus minor or derivates (like procera).
I have another elm rarely used for bonsai,I have an American Elm.I will have had it ten years this coming spring.It finally put out a few decent sized middle branches this past season.I didn't want to scar the trunk to encourage branching.It's put away for the winter,but it's like 28 or 29 inches tall.I need to pull it out for a root prune.The tree will eventually be a classic "figure eight" formal upright elm,much like the English Elm in Herb Gustafsen's book.I bought it online in 2003 from someone who had them growing wild on their land in rural Illinois.Siberian Elms are considered nuisance trees here in Albuquerque,they grow like weeds around.I have collected a couple of nice specimens,old and young,in the past,and these type of elm do not like being in a container.They will always die the second or third year when trained as bonsai.
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