1. circledisk

    Found a beautiful hornbeam grove!

    I was walking my dog this morning and he pulled me into a really nice little hornbeam grove. There are quite a few trees here that I intend on collecting soon with great nebari and spread. One of the trees, presumably the grandfather, had a massive trunk with a 15"+ diameter (dog head for...
  2. circledisk

    Preparing a large acer campestre for collection in NC

    Hey everyone, this is my first post here so please forgive me if it's in the wrong forum. I thought of putting it in the Collecting one, but wasn't sure. I am preparing a rather large Acer Campestre yamadori for spring collection. I have collected a few trees in the past but don't have anything...
  3. chlorine-queen

    Tips and tricks to finding yardadori

    Anyone here have recommendations when it comes to looking for folks to let you come dig up landscaping shrubs from their yard? Craigslist and Marketplace have “free- you dig” type postings around my area occasionally (Oregon coast), but I’m considering posting my own ads for shrub/small tree...
  4. SmallTreeGuy

    Collected Crape Myrtle…opinions?

    Hello all, Zone 8a. I am getting new landscaping put in and in an attempt to beat the landscapers, I dug out one of four, 25’ Crape Myrtles in my front yard. I have the option of getting all 4 obviously but I don’t think I have the time (or energy) for all of them before work is started next...
  5. bonsaiDerek

    Great trees.... did they live?

    i recently saw an interesting video on collecting yamadori. they found some great trees, but they seem to bare root almost all of them doess any know more about this video? did these trees live? or do they have some special technique to keep bare rooted conifers alive after collection...
  6. BarkLeafTrees

    Late Summer UK Field Collecting

    Hi guys! I’ve been field growing some trees for nearly 3 years and most have put on a nice amount of growth. HOWEVER I’m having to relocate all of the trees ideally I’d like to dig whatever trees I can now and leave the rest until spring. Is there any tips on how to collect as it do I remove...
  7. W

    Collecting Juniper Yamadori - First time lessons learned/tips?

    About a week ago, I went on my first Juniper Yamadori collecting trip and brought home two fine specimens which I'm praying to the gods, will survive. This was an extremely fun and memorable experience for me, but I feel no amount of reading would have probably fully prepared me for what I was...
  8. pstaboche

    American hornbeam collecting advice

    So I’m about 2 years into practicing bonsai and I’ve gotten the itch to collect some yamadori specimens. I have the chance to collect somewhere that has a bunch of American hornbeams and wanted to ask for advice. I found one in particular that seems really interesting. It’s a fairly large...
  9. Bezalel Nebari

    Free Raw Material for CO Residents

    If you live in CO, I saw this post on facebook marketplace. Looks like this person has some land with a bunch of little trees that they're allowing people to dig up.
  10. W

    In ground root training?

    Over View - My family owns a large plot of land in central Ohio. Beech, hornbeam, oak , redbud. ERC, several pine . There are several stands of beech trees. I want to start the process of collecting several trees. With the larger trees say 2in plus thick truck. I have given several the chop a...
  11. B

    Collecting Acer Rubrum

    Hi everyone, I’m located in New England, USA and know just enough of bonsai yo be dangerous haha . I was hoping to get some guidance and advice for collecting one or two Red Maples I have come across ranging between 3-5 inches at the base and show potential as bonsai. Attached are pics of the 4...
  12. Clicio

    Is it worth the effort to save an old lady? I love her.

    This is a Crimson Bougainvillea, very old, planted at the back corner of my neighbour's office, by the sidewalk. During the growing season it throws branches 4, 5 meters away and flowers profusely. But this bothers some clients of this neighbour of mine, so he ordered it hacked. So his employees...
  13. J

    Time Sensitive Collecting

    Hello everyone, I have been developing bonsai for a few years now but only with nursery stock, no yamadori, collecting... Now my aunt's house has gotten quite overgrown the last few years and while looking over the property I noticed a few good candidates for collection. The issue is that this...
  14. I

    Collecting European hornbeam from a hedge

    Hi guys, so my friend has a hedge of hornbeams that he wants to reduce to make a path. I live in south of sweden where its pretty windy so the trees have made some interesting shapes, anyway the trees have just come into leaf so i was thinking if i could dig them now and repot them in a training...
  15. L


    Yesterday I was told that a tree must grow a good deal before you can work on it. But I'm left with the question: At what height/trunk are trees suited for collection?
  16. JTrips

    Introduction: New to Bonsai, Old to growing, Needs advice on collecting.

    Not really old, -in the twilight of my youth - has a better ring to it. I'm enjoying this site and would like to thank all those offering their knowledge and photos from years of bonsai work. I'm about 30 pages deep into the Mugo Pine train thread and loving it. Only 140 more to go. I'm just...
  17. Big Country Bonsai

    Escarpment live oak 2020

    I know there are a few nice escarpment live oaks in the bonsai world and I hope I can bring another nice tree into the mix. This tree is growing in a rough arid landscape with lots of juniper and red oak. These struggles have resulted in the live oaks in this area having smaller leaves...
  18. Big Country Bonsai

    Collecting Ashe Juniper this weekend

    I have the privilege of going on a collecting trip with The Bonsai Smiths this weekend and I have a few Ashe juniper to choose from. I’m posting images of a couple that I really think I want to try to collect if they are collectible. Choose your favs and help me decide which ones to go for!
  19. fucious70

    Bougainvillea collecting (yamadori) check list

    First time collecting a bougainvillea. Requesting tips for collecting. Below is what I gathered so far in term of what to. Background: I live in southern California near Los Angeles. I think that is a zone 10. I found a bougainvillea that has fallen over. The land owner is allowing me to...
  20. Brad in GR

    Collected (rescued) Pinus Resinosa

    Via Facebook marketplace, saw a post for logging/clear cutting of 2 acres nearby of Red Pine (Pinus resinosa). While I already have 2 collected from this spring, figured I ought to ask if there were any rescue-able candidates. Permission granted before clear cutting in a few weeks. Grabbed one...
  21. Brad in GR

    Collecting - Northern Red Oak Spring 2019

    Finally got around to editing the limited footage I had from collecting an oak this spring (and an elm... that didn’t make it). Continuing to learn through experience.
  22. JimmyBeefshank

    Shakin' the bush Boss! Just shakin' the Bush!

    I've learned a few neat tricks over the years. A few real gems too, but I think you folks might appreciate a thread dedicated to one of my favorites. Somehow I successfully managed to convince a bunch of people that they should pay me handsomely to expand and maintain their gardenscapes. A sweet...
  23. Forsoothe!

    Treeblers verses 'Taters...

    Bonsai that need to be "grown-out" verses "Potatoes with leaves"... I'm not an admirer of potatoes with leaves. I like trees that actually look like trees and I am unclear on the thinking processes of those who take trees that just need to be grown-on to a more mature state and chop them them...
  24. Big Country Bonsai

    Nice trunk and hollow on this gum bumelia

    Just collected this tree that I believe to be a Gum Bumelia (Sideroxylon languinosum). It has a nice hollow and great bark as well as what appears to be a infestation of some kind of boring insect. Will try to get that under control and see how the tree develops if it makes it. Haven’t seen it...
  25. Forest Bean

    Collected pine seedlings

    Hello nuts, I collected these three pine seedlings while I was out. I got them in the state of Maryland. They have 4-5 needles in each fascicle. The only 5-needle pine I know that is native to my area is Pinus strobus the Eastern white pine. Here is a photo of a Pinus strobus seedling I...
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