Rhus Trilobata - Autumn Amber Sumac

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Rhus Trilobata - Autumn Amber Sumac

Post  Lost2301 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:18 pm

I have been working on this tree for about 4 years now. It is currently on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens fall show. Below is a photo of the tree before this summers growth was trimmed back and another photo of it taken by a proffesional photographer and used in an public broadcasting article and radio interview about Bonsai.



Credit for photo below: Art of Bonsai Has Long Roots in Colorado by Ryan Warner



This tree has really nice creamy yellow flowers in the spring.

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Post  Lost2301 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:29 pm

Fall colors just starting to really turn now. The bonsai specialist at the gardens told me this particular species was chosen to be a featured plant at the gardens in 2014.










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a pot for rhus

Post  abcd on Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:16 am

Hello, beautifull tree, it's just an advice, the pot for me seems too big, but it's a provisional pot may be, virtual photographie
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Post  Lost2301 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:47 am

Interesting thought about the pot being to big. It took me a while see what you did?! I was wondering about the pot being to big myself. Well its going to have to stay in this pot for a while, it was just potted in it this spring. This is a fast growing plant even in a pot, it might get bigger on its own in a couple more years. I wired it 4 years ago in the spring and the wire was just starting to cut into the bark by the end of summer. The base of the trunk had a couple deep wire marks, you cannot see them now. They were gone by the end of the next summer. The branches set in one summer.

I am still realitively new at Bonasi and this is my first attempt at a cascade. So I was kind of guessing at the size of the pot.

Thank you for your thoughts on the tree. I will keep them in mind.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:20 am

I saw a nursery sumac at a local nursery last week and it caught my eye. After seeing yours, I just might go back and buy it.

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Post  Lost2301 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:48 am

Hi Todd,

This is a nursery tree to. It had a better branch for the cascade part of the tree, but it died the first winter I had it. That's the only branch that has died on it. It likes trimming, I took off a big root from the side of the trunk and it did not bother it at all. I keep it in the garage sitting on a table with no protection. Its very hardy. Its get down to 15 degrees in my garage in the winter. The first summer I had it was bleeding sap on the lower trunk. The next spring it was still bleeding. I treated it with a systemic insecticide and the bleeding stopped. Not sure what was causing it to bleed, must have been some bug (RIP) of some kind. I have not sprayed it with anything since. Even the cutter bees leave it alone.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:46 am

Thank for sharing your experience Very Happy 

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:02 pm

Lovely tree, lovely color. I love the sumacs in the fall.

I do agree that the pot is quite a bit too large for the tree -- especially the trunk.

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Post  Lost2301 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:41 am

Jim,

Thank you for your repsonse, its the type of feeback I am looking for. Its much appreaciated.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:33 am

Hi Mike,
I bought the Sumac today; it is very similar to yours, with a bend low on the trunk. It too will probably be a cascade. Perhaps they can be "sister" trees one day. Very Happy 

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Post  Lost2301 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:21 am

Hi Todd,

Great news!!! Please be very careful when bending the branches, they are incredibly brittle. I was moving a branch around to see where to put it and it started to split off from the other branch. I put some cut paste on it, wrapped it back to together with black eletrical tape and secured it with a thick piece of aluminum wire (Ryan Neil grafting trick). I left it on for 2 years and it is holding together. Be sure to put cut paste on the large cuts it works pretty good on this tree.

This species has a nickname of "stinkbush". There is a mild aroma when the leaves are crushed or you get some sap on you.

I found another native Colorado sumac with the same 3 leaves on it at a nursey. It has a nice big trunk, nebari and should make a nice broom. It is just now starting to turn colors. I took off a big trunk when I got and chopped it back.

Its going to make a nice tree some day.

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Post  Lost2301 on Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:09 pm

Here is an update on the sumac as it was displayed in the 2014 RMBS Tokanoma in June. I counted over 100 flower buds  on it now. It should look really good when in bloom.  

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