Nyssa sylvatica bonsai?

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Post  TreeKiller64 on Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:43 pm

Hi All,
Has anyone, had experience using Nyssa sylvatica for bonsai?
I am currently (well for the last umpteen years) going to college for a Hort degree.
My instructor has offered me the chance to grub up a Black gum, its a 7' tree that
Ill need to drastic prune down to a reasonable size.
My question is will/do Blk Gum take well to a drastic prune? and How are they to back-budding?
Thanks for all,
Sincerely,
Zone 5
KJ

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Re: Nyssa sylvatica bonsai?

Post  JimLewis on Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:36 pm

It had better be a Large bonsai. I've never gotten the leaves to reduce by much. I have to admit that I didn't try too long, though.

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Post  TreeKiller64 on Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:47 pm

Thanks Jim,
Its a freebie,, she was going to just dig it up and toss it (perhaps not growing to her likes),
so she offered and I accepted. I was curious about the back budding after a drastic prune.
Thanks again,
KJ

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Post  dennismc on Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:16 pm

Hi Kj

Nyssa make excellent bonsai. However I agree that it is difficult o achieve leaf reduction, thus larger sizes are preferable.

Even here in Oz they give wonderful autumn (fall) color.

regards

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Post  jamesransom on Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:42 pm

Hi all,
I have got smaller leaf by reducing the nitrogen to enough to keep it green and leaf reduction seem to work......... but as they say never look a gift horse in the mouth, as a freebie would have a go.

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Post  TreeKiller64 on Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:52 am

Well Jim L and James and all,,
I dug it up,,,(send the Pict. this weekend, after the rain), I stumped it off, and pruned any ragged and/or
troublesome roots. The end result is a tree with a 2-3" caliper, and an overall height of 27" a little over 2 feet.
I found a sucker that Ill use to nurture the tree for the next few years, until a fine root system can be attained.
Then Ill start to use your advice (all who gave), and go for a Large Bonsai, prob on the limits of Bonsai Sizing.
I know my college teacher will go Ape SH*T when I send her the pict of the tree the way it is now. She loves
all that is green ( she should she's a HORT Professor). But I think she shies away from me and my "BONSAI ADDICTION" LOL! lol!
I have referenced the DIRR Bible (as I always do) and did the Math. A larger Bonsai is what Ill have to go for.
Thanks alot for the advice,,, Ill be looking for more as the years go by..
Sincerely,
KJ for zone 5

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Post  tatave2000 on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:15 pm

Hi all,
I bought a nyssa silvatica this late winter. Internet Bonsai Club is the only one forum where I could find someones who know this kind of tree.
However, do you have photos of yours? How con the roots be cut each spring?

PS: I'm french, sorry for my english.

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Post  tatave2000 on Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:50 pm

Nobody?

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Post  bonsaisr on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:03 am

Don't worry, your English is better than my French. Why would you want to prune the roots every year? Every other year would probably be enough.
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Post  tatave2000 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:09 pm

Hi Iris,
Thanks for my english. Do you have a nyssa in your collection? It's very hard to get information of this species in France, nobody knows this tree.
I have to prune the roots because my tree is not already a bonsai. It's still in a large pot. I will repot it next spring and, of course, I will prune the roots.
I don't know this species: Will it endure a huge reduction of its roots? Do I have to cut progressively 1/3 each year?

Jerome.

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Post  tatave2000 on Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:44 pm

Hi all,
Nobody to help me? Confused
I wonder if I can repot it next october (usda zone: 8a)
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Nyssa sylvatica bonsai?

Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:53 pm

It is better to be safe than sorry. Bonsai is a game of patience. It is much better to cut 1/3 off over several years and work on the top in the meantime.

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Post  tatave2000 on Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:24 pm

Hi everyone and thank you Jim.
Cutting 1/3 off is what I wanted to do. I can be very patient when a tree looks, for me, amazing...

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