Is this a suitable bonsai species?

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Is this a suitable bonsai species?

Post  Rick36 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:57 pm

First post - forgive me if I don't get the protocol right initially. I've grown trees in pots for some time - some of them please me - all of them have given me immense pleasure. I've just found this club and it is both educational and entertaining. Please help.
A friend is about to dig up and remove a Viburnum Xanthocarpum from his shrub garden. It is oldish and has a reasonable nebari - perhaps 10 or 12 inches diameter. I've not seen this variety used for bonsai, except as shohin. Can anyone advise me whether it is possible to use a mature specimen? Has anyone experience of it?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
p.s. Climate here is moderate and suitable.

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Re: Is this a suitable bonsai species?

Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:25 pm

I don't know that species, but if it has been successfully used as a shohin, it should be great for a full sized tree. It will depend on the plant itself. Does it have a good trunk line?

Picture?

And welcome to the IBC.

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Viburnum

Post  Rick36 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:11 pm

Thank you, Jim, for the welcome. Those were my thoughts, but I did some research and could not find that it had been tried before. Well, someone has to start! At present it is in friend's garden and is 15ft high with plants around the base, but when I have it cropped and trimmed I'll post a pic for further advice. It does seem to grow very vertical sideshoots which is all against it as a bonsai, but we'll see what happens. Thanks again. Rick.

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Viburnum

Post  Rick36 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:46 pm

I should also have added for correctness - Viburnum Opulus 'Xanthocarpum' - Yellow Guelder Rose.
Sometimes called American Cranberry Bush or European Cranberry Bush.


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Re: Is this a suitable bonsai species?

Post  dave on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:37 pm

there are some nice examples of bonsai guelder roses on net

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Viburnum "Xanthocarpum"

Post  Rick36 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:50 am

Good Morning, Dave, and thank you for your reply. You are right, of course, but everything I've looked at so far is either shohin or slightly larger. The plant I have an "option" on is about a foot across the base and currently 15ft tall! ( Supposed to be 10ft max) So, for sure it will need careful lifting and treatment.
In addition the variety "Xanthocarpum", although sometimes called "guelder rose" has a quite different form to other members of the species. I would be very grateful if you could let me know about web sites discussing larger examples of this. That's why I am seeking advice. Cheers.

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