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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:06 pm

Hey Y'all.

I picked up this shefflera (arboricola) over the weekend. It's a good start, but has a lot of growing to do. What do you think (even if you don't think of arboricola as bonsai)?

For the "before" picture, imagine a 4x4 foot ball of green.

Here it is cut back...



Here it is potted....



Root detail...



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Post  Ryan on Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:26 pm

Beautiful!

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:34 pm

Forgot to mention, it's 22 inches tall and 30 inches wide.

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:56 pm

Wow, Russell...great find....lovely structure...what is the cultivar? Are you friends or know of the work of Andy Graham....I have not seen such material since his posts on the forum sometime back. I am looking forward to seeing updates....you southerners do some fine work with tropicals indeed.

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Post  xuan le on Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:14 pm

Very good start indeed, without the leaves it looks like a Ficus.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:28 am

Thanks Xuan.

Tom, I don't know the cultivar. I'm not really sure I'd be able to tell any of them apart when grown as bonsai. Anyway, probably just run of the mill arboricola.

I don't know Andy Graham, and I don't recognize his name from here. Is he still around? I'd love to see his arboricolas. I posted pictures of a friend's tree back in March in another thread. It's different from this one and has almost swallowed a rock, much lower and wider.

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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:15 am

Russell,,,that is someplant to start with!!! a massave root system looks good already...you chopped it hard .iwant to know how you got it in such a small pot???? please post when it leafs out.. scheffera are bonsai every where why can,t they be classified as a tropical one???? good start take care john

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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:17 am

Russell,,,that is someplant to start with!!! a massave root system looks good already...you chopped it hard .iwant to know how you got it in such a small pot???? please post when it leafs out.. scheffera are bonsai every where why can,t they be classified as a tropical one???? good start take care john

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:27 am

Russell,
Great tree.
I love it.
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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:32 pm

Thanks Jerry, hopefully I won't screw it up!

John, I put it on its side and sawed off the bottom 3/4 of the root mass, there wasn't really any soil left. There was a solid mass of wood in the middle of the "trunk", this one was obviously produced by planting a bundle of sticks together. Then I reduced and loosened the edges so it would fit into the pot. We'll see what happens.

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Post  Damienindesert on Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:05 pm

That tree's a winner for sure.

Lucky you.

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Post  EdMerc on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:17 pm

That's a really nice tree you have there Russell.

There was a time when I didn't have a very high opinion of arboricola for bonsai. Then I visited a club members garden was was exposed to a few bonsai that looked like this.



I changed my view. Your's is well on it's way.

Good luck,
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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:25 pm

Hey y'all.

Just wanted to update. First trim since the initial cutback in July...



Schefflera... Not just for houseplants anymore.

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Post  moyogijohn on Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:07 pm

Russell ,, The tree has come a long way since july !! I like it and it leafed out really good.. when you said you just sawed the bottom off before i thought if I were to do that,,it would be fire wood!!! great job now where will you keep it for winter??? thanks for posting take care john

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:08 pm

Russel, wonderful.
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Post  Smithy on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:18 pm

I love it Russell , i wish i could have something like that.

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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:27 pm



Thanks!

John, I don't have a greenhouse. Some tropicals are far more sensitive than others. The malpighias go to a friend's greenhouse, but ficus and schefflera are only inside (on the dining room table) on the coldest days and nights. My big live oak is like an umbrella, so periodic frosts aren't a problem. The ficus in my avatar is still outside and we've already been down to freezing - as I can see on my bananas that aren't under the oak. It's 70 degrees here today, so everyone's back outside on the patio table in the sun.

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Post  Dale Cochoy on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:41 pm

Your tree really reminds me of one I sold a few years ago.
This pic is from after it was reduced quite a bit by the new owner and potted into a big mica pot, and LOTS of stringy arial roots removed.


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Post  Neil Brough on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:21 am

Very appealing lush looking tree, like the structure of it.

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Post  coh on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:58 pm

It's coming along well - nice piece of material! Some of the others posted look great too. I don't get to see too many decent schleffera bonsai up here...

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:08 pm

Superb piece of material Russell!

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:20 pm

Hi Russell
Amazing tree. I've never seen anything like that. Only shrubs into the apartment, very young and spindly. A minimum of branches. Only the leaves. Your tree is beautiful. Reminds me a little ficus.
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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:04 pm


Just a quick update...

I've not done much to this except for the occasional trim, so it's time for a hard cutback and repot. Since I don't have a greenhouse I decided smaller is better. I cut it back a little harder and repositioned some branches; and put it into a smaller and better pot. One thing I've learned about scheffleras - if you're wondering if you cut it back hard enough you probably didn't.

Before...



After...



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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:42 pm

Very nice indeed!

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Post  pongsatorn.k on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:49 pm

Wonderful! Very Happy

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