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Shohin Hornbeam

Post  Michael T on Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:47 pm

I pulled up a crappy little hornbeam in my woods last year basically because it just came right up with a tug. Didn't want to just throw it out, so I put it in a pot and forgot about it. Until I just noticed that it would make a nice shohin bonsai if I pruned it back.

So, I'm just wondering will its leaves reduce enough to make a shohin over time?

And I'm thinking super small shohin may 4-5 inches in height max.

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Re: Shohin Hornbeam

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:08 pm

Leaves will reduce, though I'm not sure if they'll reduce enough to fit a 5-inch tree. The leaves of the American hornbeam are a bit larger than those of the Korean or (I think) European species.

They're fairly good growers, though, so I'd put it in a larger, shallow pot than you might want and leave it there while you start work on ramification, etc. It might make a better 10 inch tree.

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