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This is a tree I misidentified as American Elm. It is actually Siberian elm. It was originally styled with pointed jins on top, in kind of a twin trunk pine tree style. The friend who gave it to me collected it from the side of a highway cut, hence the growing angle. I decided to hollow the trees instead of preserving the deadwood, and change the planting angle so the smaller trunk was not leaning over the parent trunk. To accomplish this, I decided to air layer the tree to give it a flatter, more natural nebari.



 
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Thank you for posting this particular tree Chris. I'm extremely interested in american elm as it is what I see having much potential as collected material in this area.
 

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Chris,
How is this duo coming along now?
I really like the knot holes in the trunks and the aged bark.
 
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Chris,
How is this duo coming along now?
I really like the knot holes in the trunks and the aged bark.
Thanks, Jay. It's doing just fine although it's in its winter storage right now. This spring I intend to repot it and begin to expose the new nebari. I will also stabilize the deadwood, which in my opinion should never have been used on this tree because it takes so much maintenance just to keep it.

I should also mention here that it is not an American elm as I was told when it was given to me, but a common Siberian elm. The American elm has orangish bark in diamond shapes.
 

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Winter storage????

Oh, that's right, you live in one of those places where it gets cold.

My winter storage is the same as my summer storage.
 
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Winter storage????

Oh, that's right, you live in one of those places where it gets cold.

My winter storage is the same as my summer storage.
Okay, I am going to ask you to refrain in future from heaping scorn upon the colder climates. Florida is an aberration, and any right-thinking American knows it is. Nyaah.:p
 

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I'm going to go back out into the abberation....in my t-shirt....hope I don't get too warm.
 
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I am going to go play with my Larches, JWP's, Hemlocks, Crabapples, Quince and my Scots pines too...Have you ever seen any of those Jay? lol
 
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All right, ALL RIGHT! You have no right to hijack my thread. Let's go back to talking about my elm.
 
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I see I never updated this thread. In response to this thread, I decided to post more pics and an update. Here is the tree potted at its new angle. The layering went quite well and I got good roots all around that can be sorted out as time goes on.





 
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I am sorry to say that this elm has been dropping major branches without rhyme or reason. I have to agree with Rockm that it's not an ideal subject for bonsai.
 
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