Large English Elm Penjing SUZHOU School

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Large English Elm Penjing SUZHOU School

Post  Brett Summers on Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:37 am

I collected this elm 2-3 years ago ? Instead of chopping it down and waiting a life time till I was too old to lift the tree by the time it developed. I decided to try a Penjing style I believe to be from the SUZHOU School.
The idea is they are large trunk trees with some carving and delicate cloud like pads of foliage.
I planned on a bigger pot to start with but I thought this was a decent compromise considering my budget. I thought I was going to have to be a little creative to make the tree fit but after a couple of hours of hosing and soughting roots all it took was a couple of trims of useless wood with the chainsaw and it was almost a perfect fit.






This is a snapshot from Lindsay Farr's WOB showing something like I am trying to create.

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Post  Brett Summers on Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:41 am

I have already styled the tree after repotting but interested to hear others ideas before I post.

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Post  fiona on Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:21 pm

Nice project to be working on. Good luck. I think the design could work. How quickly will foliage develop in your climate with this species?

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Post  Guest on Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:29 pm

Hi Brett.
Yes, I think it the idea you want to achieve for the tree is very achievable. or it can be made even better,,,the base of your tree is much better.

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Post  Brett Summers on Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:22 am

Hi Fiona
I would think our climate is very favourable with a long growing season but in reality I found they put on one great flush of growth and then went into a Summer type dormancy that does not end? Even if you cut the trees back hard. I have discussed this with Will and others and they have given me some confidence it can be overcome in possibly various ways. I plan on giving it lots of water and fert to start with and next year I will consider a very early prune and or defoliation just to get that continued growth.
Really I am only going by others advice and educated guess that it is actually English elm. I believe I have another older "bonsai" English elm and it has pretty small leaves compared to these I collected so it will be a matter of time before I see how small I can get the leaves as they are of the larger size at the moment. Maybe anywhere between 50-100mm.
Thanks Jun,
I forgot to upload the wired tree last night, hopefully my plan doesn't disappoint Razz

I had a couple of choices for the new leader and I think I can get a transition with some carving later.

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Post  moyogijohn on Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:31 am

You have a very nice tree !! I am glad you decided to work with it that tall..will be a good tree ,,please keep posting.. take care john

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Post  Brett Summers on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:17 am

Thanks John I am glad you like it ThumbsUp

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