I have collected one (details of where are on another thread).
The area I collected from was a caprock area ie: sorta like a rock with a depression (bowl). The roots were what we strive for in Bonsai!! I planted it in a large Mica pot that is deep and treated it no different than other collected trees from this area..Cake fert was Aoki as well as some Osmocote that was mixed into my mix. Shade for a few months and well watered and left to adjust to life in a pot. Other trees (Cedar Elms)from this area have been dated by some club members as upwards of 100-300 years old.
I will try to see if I have a pic of it...Please remember that all trees from this area are stunted in growth (Natural Bonsai by nature)...So a 3 foot tree can be hundreds of years old...I would love to see this tree, or group. Respectfully this may not be exactly what I am looking for. The Nittas I saw in 1960 or there about looked like some of the wonderful driftwood Junipers that adorned the bonsai books of the period; natural drift-wood trunks, and beautiful bright red veins of bark banding the bleached white dead wood. I have been told they are impossible to harvest, I am thinking this must be true especially if it is illegal to do so--that kind of closes the book on the issue.
Please post pics Jason! I would also love to see what they grow like there as well...In Southern Oregon there are millions of wonderful Manzanita. I spoke to a woman a few years ago who grows them from seed and digs them from her property, although not for bonsai. She was telling me that the tree spends its first 3-5 years sending out a very fast growing tap root before the tree really starts to grow. This was here observation after working them for many years. But she dugs them and they live for her. I have seen some on Mt Hood, but never tried to collect any. Rich List collected one I think...not sure how it did though....
For bonsai, Yes, Greg is the only one that I know that can make them thrive in a pot. He has some stunners to say the least and I know he has a program for soil prep, fert, etc.. to make sure they thrive. I still have family and friends in the Grants Pass area and will be down there collecting at some point in the future...
Thanks Chris, now I know, we know, it can be done. Do you have any history on the tree and what had to be done to collect it?
Does anyone else read and really listen to Brent's blog? That man has so much to say which is totally beyond the scope of bonsai it astounds me. ... who else is so free with life long gifts of horticultural and philosophical points of view?