Escollnia fradesii from a 40 year old yard tree.

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Escollnia fradesii from a 40 year old yard tree.

Post  tozankyaku on Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:29 am

I saved this tree from a landscape job 4 years ago. When the landscape crew took it out they cut it down from 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide to a stump maybe 10 inches tall with no roots and no branches. I planted it in a 70% organic bonsai type of mix and waited to see what would happen.  The first three branches lasted about 6 months and died off. Then another couple sprouted out and one of them survived.  I bent the branch upwards to create the main trunk I have been doing some pinching and trimming back since then and trimmed the top a few times to keep it lower. This past year I wanted to let it grow out so I did very minimal trimming and pruning allowing it to thicken up and develop on its own.

I figure it will still be another 5 years before it starts taking on a true bonsai shape.
The first photo is from a year ago.

The following photos were taken tonight one from each side. I haven't really selected a front or back I am still waiting to see how it goes.


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