1. M

    Chinese Elm vs Drake Elm?

    Hello all, I live in central Florida and throughout my years living here, I’ve noticed an abundance of Chinese elm trees in landscapes and in the wild. The trees have the orange flaky iconic bark that Chinese elms possess and the small leathery elm leaves. The trees max out at about 30 feet...
  2. M

    Large hornbeam yamadori.

    Hi all, collected a nice thick hornbeam from my grandads place in central France, unfortunately I was forced to collect the tree then and there (mid august). I collected it withought a lot of Troy and had to pot it up in pretty terrible soil (the only soil available at the time). It stayed in...
  3. vienna1201

    Pinus Mugo - way forward?

    Hi - this is my first Mugo yamadori I dug up last year and I think it's quite healthy. Come next repotting, I will pot it more straight up I guess. I thought about possible ways to go forward and wanted to ask for input (keep in mind I'm a greenhorn ;)). I'm also open to much more radical...
  4. M

    Yamadori Oak Styling

    Dug up this oak a few months ago and it’s bursting with beautiful new foliage. Do you guys think this is suitable material for a good bonsai? Maybe if I chop it low and start a new leader? I dug it up because I thought the nebari was beautiful and there was a little taper at the base.
  5. Caleb Campbell

    American Hornbeam #1 Progression, Caleb C.

    I collected this nice little hornbeam on December 29, 2020 from my woods, had pretty good surface roots and a really nice radial nebari. Washed the roots and placed it in an 11 inch pond basket. The cuts I made on the major roots are too far away from the trunk in hindsight, which will set me...
  6. M

    Big cuts on a new Yamadori

    Hi, I have recently collected this tree (2 days ago, it was now or never) from a forest near my grandads house. I have potted it up in a plastic pot with regular potting soil (all that I have available) and given it a deep watering. In the photos you can see where I have cut the tree in order to...
  7. LeoMame

    Akamatsu yamadori - shari, resin, questions/doubts

    Hello everyone, I start this thread because I was a bit unsuccessful in finding info about this. I recently acquired a Japanese Red Pine, of yamadori origin, with a spectacular shari that runs over the whole lenght of the trunk (I will follow with some pictures). The question I have for you is...
  8. Maros

    5yr Native Tree Challenge: Fraxinus ornus (Maros)

    This is my entry to the 5-year native challenge. Taking into consideration this year is special in many aspects I decided to collect at least one tree for commemoration. Since my area was in a rather strict lockdown in March and April I did not want to risk encounters with officials. My moment...
  9. M

    Bonsai Back View: Important?

    Hey friends. I’m curious what you guys’ opinions are as to how good the backside of a bonsai trunk looks. Does it matter or does it not? Can an ugly trunk backside just be hidden by branches and foliage over time? or does it take away from the value of the tree? For example, I have this...
  10. M

    Crepe Myrtle Styling Help

    Ripped out this crepe myrtle earlier in the summer that was unwanted but I have no idea what to do with it. I can’t seem to find any kind of structure fitting for a bonsai. If I just chop off all the top and leave a fat stump I’d be waiting 15 years for a decent sized new leader to come in...
  11. Bonsaimancer

    Research hasn't answered this deadwood question...

    Hello, Long time lurker on this wonderful forum, but 1st question. I am the type of person who does copious online research and searches previous threads before ever asking questions, but I cannot answer this: does a tree with a completely deadwood trunk & limbs grow larger? I ask because I...
  12. BenBSeattle

    My Biggest Dig yet

    I need help Identifying this pine. I think it's Scots but not 100 % sure. It's my biggest tree yardadori dig yet. It's been demolishing in hellcat as of late but there's a few branches trying to push candles. Collected Oct 2020.
  13. M

    Azalea from Shrub, a Keeper?

    Hello friends, I have been looking around for yamadori bonsai material for months without much luck because most of the land surrounding me is privately owned. I finally decided I would just cut a chunk off of my azalea hedge in my front yard that I thought had great roots and a workable...
  14. R

    Norway Maple Yardadori

    Seeking suggestions for my Norway Maple “foot” Yardadori. Zone 6b. Collected late summer 2020 clearing out the side yard. Should I wire these down or just let it grow? What do I do with the multiple buds coming off the stump and new branches. Future plan is to carve/hollow out the stump...
  15. RoadManDenDron

    Potential introduction

    time to finally introduce myself, another Lockdown noob! grateful to have found my interest heading into winter so plenty of time to read and learn from so many great posts on here to prepare me for the spring growth I am enjoying watching in my early trees who probably owe their young lives to...
  16. J

    Yamadori first time

    So today I collected a plant. I think it’s an elm, but not so sure. Can anyone tell me what it is? Still having a hard thing telling it myself. Advices, opinions regarding the plant are accepted. Tell me whatever you think. I put in a fairly light soil to promote root growth(around 60-70%...
  17. SU2

    So just chopped&potted my 1st *large* Podocarpus yamadori (many pics in-thread!), hoping for any advice on aftercare!!

    I was driving-home when I spotted it, these are VERY hard to find I've been seeking one for half a decade now w/o luck, seems it was ~an hour of being curbside the rootball's edge was dry but interior still had some moisture, was a good size: I chopped the top&bottom, leaving some...
  18. Bu-Jetjet

    Five-Year Native Tree Challenge: Bu-Jetjet's Ponderosa Pines

    Hello everyone! I just created my account today and the first thing that caught my eye was this Native Challenge. I collected a few Ponderosa Pines and California Junipers around the vicinity of Mammoth, Bishop, and Wrightwood CA during the late Fall - early Winter of 2019. That's what I am...
  19. J

    Ponderosa Pine (from Golden Arrow Bonsai)

    Another satisfied Golden Arrow Bonsai customer! Let me give a shout out to Andy for his excellent communication, fast shipping, carefully packaged tree, and great prices. I'm starting this thread to track my progress with this tree (age: ~60 years) and solicit advice along the way. For the next...
  20. First image of Yugen

    First image of Yugen

    This is the earliest image I have of Yugen. I had already applied some guy wire
  21. First Styling

    First Styling

    Here she is after her first styling in the early fall of 2020. It took me three days but I'm really happy with the results. This was my first time using copper wire (thanks Mirai!)
  22. Tsugamori's first bonsai pot

    Tsugamori's first bonsai pot

    This is the picture of me with Tsugamori after I potted her into her first bonsai pot. The pot is a rather cheap Chinese oval, but it works well enough. The previous training pot was filled to the brim with roots and very visible mycorrhiza. Minimal root pruning was done. Pure pumice added
  23. IMG_20200125_163852_576[1].jpg


    The hemlock in its original training box with no styling save for a branch or two being removed by former owner. Originally harvested by Anton Nijhuis from a high elevation bog on Vancouver Island. Approximately 200 years old. Was in training box for four years.
  24. cmsheehan

    Newly collected Yamadori Pine

    Hello everyone! Thanks so much for accepting me to the team... I mean group;) So I recently collected this beautiful pine from Massachusetts, right near the ocean. I believe it’s either a Scott’s Pine or Pitch Pine, possibly a Japanese Black Pine. I successfully transferred her into a new pot...
  25. M

    Recently collected Japanese boxwood after-care.

    Hi all, am I very new to bonsai so forgive any mistakes I might have made. I recently collected about 8 of what I think are Japanese boxwood. And was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on how to make sure they stay alive and well established. Here is a bit of context. I collected them...
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