Copper beech using the hedge cutter method i guess.

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Copper beech using the hedge cutter method i guess.

Post  Smithy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:06 pm

I airlayered the top off this beech about 5 years ago and then put it into my garden and have been cutting it with a hedge cutter since then . Ive just taken it out of the garden and put it into a training pot so i can now work on it as a bonsai.

This is the tree before i layered off the top


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The tree in the garden , purple bottom of the picture.


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The tree today


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Post  fiona on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:49 pm

Excellent start point. Looking forward to seeing this one develop.

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Post  hometeamrocker on Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:39 pm

Always impressive, thanks for sharing!

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Post  Dave Murphy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:53 pm

Very nice start, indeed. By the way, is that a tulip poplar growing nearby? If so, be careful...they grow so fast, it may swallow your garden, which is quite nice Very Happy .

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Post  Smithy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:40 pm

Thanks for the encouragement .


Dave Murphy wrote:Very nice start, indeed.  By the way, is that a tulip poplar growing nearby?  If so, be careful...they grow so fast, it may swallow your garden, which is quite nice Very Happy .

Yes thats a tulip tree. I'm sorry but that made me laugh Dave. We grow small trees and we keep them small by cutting them . Its been in the same spot for the last 6 years and hasn't grown any bigger in all that time. I also have a redwood in the garden ,it will only grow as big as i let it. Smile 

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Post  Dave Murphy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:11 pm

Smithy wrote:Thanks for the encouragement .


Dave Murphy wrote:Very nice start, indeed.  By the way, is that a tulip poplar growing nearby?  If so, be careful...they grow so fast, it may swallow your garden, which is quite nice Very Happy .

Yes thats a tulip tree. I'm sorry but that made me laugh Dave. We grow small trees and we keep them small by cutting them . Its been in the same spot for the last 6 years and hasn't grown any bigger in all that time. I also have a redwood in the garden ,it will only grow as big as i let it. Smile 

I guess you're being careful, then Razz . I've got them growing wild all over my property, the tallest being close to 80 feet tall. If I don't pull a seedling up the year it germinates in my garden it'll be 10 feet tall by year 3 and not look back. I've never considered them as good bonsai subjects due to the leaf size and long internodes but I hope you eventually show me otherwise. Please keep us updated on the beech, too.

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Post  Smithy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:06 pm

I guess my property is a bit smaller as you can see so not hard to keep on top of the trees in my front garden. I'm not going to turn it into a bonsai but just a small garden tree.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:21 am

The beech looks great;lots of ramification! It is certainly ready for another pot. Great job!

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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:23 am

Very good tree Smithy.

A bit more twigs on top and less bigger branches on top, and it will look like a very natural tree.


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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:27 am

Upon reviewing the branches Smithy,  I saw in the center main branches, some sub branches coming from a single point, It will create an ugly bulge in the portion. I think some branches must be remove.

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Post  Smithy on Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:54 am

Thanks Jun
Yes that is a problem there Jun. at the moment i've just dug it up and cut it back and shoved it in a pot. I haven't decided which of the problem branches are to go yet so its been put to the side while i get on with other repots and digging .

Tghanks Todd.

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Post  Smithy on Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:02 pm

I took a couple of pics of my tulip tree without leaves . Hard to see properly without a good background.


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Post  Dave Murphy on Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:23 pm

Wow, very clean and natural. However you're pruning this one, keep doing it Smile .

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Tree Garden Question

Post  MKBonsai on Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:16 pm

What's the tree in teh yellow handled crate? Looks interesting?!

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Post  Smithy on Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:01 pm

Its a Lonicera i was given last year. It is going to be cut down a bit or split up .


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Post  JudyB on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:30 pm

Love the beech! Would like to see it with leaves, do they stay purple all year? How have you found it best to develop these? I have a couple and with the single flush of growth, find it difficult to commit to cutbacks sometimes...

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Nice Lonicera

Post  MKBonsai on Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:29 pm

I like the Lonicera - good luck with it - it looks like it has nice potential.

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