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Informal Zelkova

Post  Velodog2 on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:43 pm

Here is a little tree I acquired in spring of '07. It's been evolving nicely and I will probably be able to get the basic apex branch structure in place this summer. I'm thinking that the apex will come back over to the right. The secondary ramification is already starting to develop on the main branch.


Here is the tree as purchased.

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Re: Informal Zelkova

Post  JimLewis on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:56 pm

Are you certain that it is a Zelkova? The bark doesn't look right.

Chinese elms are often labeled as "Zelkova" in this country because of Dutch elm disease and for other reasons.

Whatever it is, I like it.

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Post  Velodog2 on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:20 pm

Thanks Jim.

It was sold to me as a Zelkova and the leaves seem right but I haven't done a critical analysis. The bark is a little roughed up and you can see where there are lichens growing on it so it could be deceptive, but you could be right. I'll try to get definitive this spring.

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Post  NeilDellinger on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:31 pm

Smaller pot a little more rustic and a slight tip to the right and it would look just right. Probably a better tree in winter than in leaf.

Nice tree.

Neil

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Post  Velodog2 on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:33 pm

NeilDellinger wrote:Smaller pot a little more rustic and a slight tip to the right and it would look just right. Probably a better tree in winter than in leaf.

Nice tree.

Neil

Thanks and good call on the pot. The one it is in is appropriate for it's development at this point I think. Another year maybe when I get serious about finer ramification.

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Re: Informal Zelkova

Post  Smithy on Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:41 pm

Thats a lovely shape on that one.

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Post  thomasj on Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:57 pm

Your tree looks to be a chinese elm for sure and not a zelkova judging from the bark. Here is a link to a small article I wrote about the two. Very Happy

http://www.dallasbonsai.com/bonsai_tree_care_TomM_ChineseElm2.html

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Re: Informal Zelkova

Post  Velodog2 on Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:46 pm

Well I certainly see what you mean regarding the bark. Here is a quick pic of a leaf from last fall I scavenged from the soil surface. It is about 3/4" long. What do you think?


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Post  Velodog2 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:08 pm

No comments? To me this looks much more like the zelkova leaf shown in Thomas' article than the elm leaf.

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Re: Informal Zelkova

Post  AlainK on Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:21 pm

I agree with you, it does look like a zelkova leaf.

Maybe it's a zelkova nire, that develops a cork bark after a few years, or a hybrid?...

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Post  zeGreg on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:05 pm

it inspired me this, with another pot and maybe different angle... what do you think?


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