Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

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Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:57 am

These are a couple of trees that I collected about a week ago in Fairbury, Nebraska. Due to a recent warm up they already have stared to leaf out.
The first is a gooseberry ( a Ribes but I'm unsure of the species).





The second is an Eastern Wahoo or Euonymous atropurpurae.







I plan on letting them grow for at least another year or two before beginning any styling but any advice for the future shaping would be appreciated as well as tips on caring for them from anyone who might happen to have some experience with these species.

P.S. This is my first post on this forum but i hope to be a frequent presence! Thanks, Jake Phillips

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  Poink88 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:00 am

JPhillips wrote:

Jake, I think I will pass this up. affraid Shocked

and.... WELCOME!

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:11 am

Yeah, that was the most brutal branch. The newer growth and older growth are much less thorny so my plan was to eventually chop it back to where those new shoots are in the first picture and try to train the new shoots where I need them before they become too painful to handle.

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:39 am

Both of these trees are already pushing out flower buds! Should I clip these off to redirect energy towards shoot and root growth or just let it be for the season.
The euonymous is pushing new buds all over so I assume that means that its recovering well from transplanting. I'm still uneasy about uncovering the nebari as a good deal of the fibrous roots are still above it. I could use a little help with the styling though. All of the main branches emanating from the trunk are arranged in a sort of fan shape. I was thinking I would style it as an informal broom but don't know how to go about those long straight branches.
Ideas, comments, or concerns? Hit me with it!

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  craigw on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:18 pm

I think the ribes is speciosum, if it has red flowers in late winter early spring.
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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:32 pm

I believe speciosum is a native to California.
I found this in Nebraska so I'm pretty sure that its Ribes missouriensis http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/savanna/plants/ms_gooseberry.htm

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:41 am

Here is the uncovered nebari on the Euonymous, starting with what I plan to be the front and then rotating a quarter turn all the way around.










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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:44 am

What will most likely be the front:



and the back:

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Re: Collected Gooseberry and Eastern Wahoo

Post  JPhillips on Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:49 am

And here is the gooseberry after the Max Miller of the Nebraska Bonsai Society helped me with some trimming.



Any comments, criticism, or advice would (as always) be greatly appreciated.

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