American Hornbeam

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Starting a thread to track progress of the american hornbeam I got a few years ago. It's the first tree I've put into an actual (albeit cheap) bonsai pot.

Current goals:
- Thicken middle portion of the trunk to improve taper
- Continue developing branching, particularly in the empty space on left and on the entire right side to improve balance
- develop apex
- heal scars

Would love some feedback.

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Maloghurst

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Starting a thread to track progress of the american hornbeam I got a few years ago. It's the first tree I've put into an actual (albeit cheap) bonsai pot.

Current goals:
- Thicken middle portion of the trunk to improve taper
- Continue developing branching, particularly in the empty space on left and on the entire right side to improve balance
- develop apex
- heal scars

Would love some feedback.

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Nice tree and great trunk. That sinuous trunk is beautiful. Maybe another year or two on the first section of leader after the main trunk would have been good?
I love the thickness of the first branch. Great job!
Maybe thread grafting in the future?
Cool tree.
 

Ohmy222

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Beautiful tree. Weird that the hornbeam around me have much smaller leaves.
 

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Beautiful tree. Weird that the hornbeam around me have much smaller leaves.
Thanks. I'm hoping with refinement and maybe defoliation down the line they'll reduce a bit better because it definitely has some large leaves for it's current size.

Back with a beaut!

What's the old pot, concrete?

Looks cool!

Sorce

It was just in a plastic pot before, but putting a tree into a ceramic bonsai pot for the first time felt a bit symbolic!
 

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Looks good, sounds like you have it all planned out. i like the angular movement youre getting in the branches.
the leaves will definitely get smaller over time.
 

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some of the American hornbeams look a little lighter brown than the European counter part. this could pass for a korean hornbeam. i wonder why we dont see a lot more of these.
 

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