Hackberry bonsai?

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Today I collected a young common hackberry tree and I was just wondering if anyone who has tried this type of tree for bonsai could give me a few pointers about it. I would have left it alone but this was a rescue effort as the person I got it from was cutting all of the trees around a next years garden plot.
 

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Do you know what kind of hackberry it was?

In general they are supposed to be drought tolerant, as well as being very flexible and easy to bend. This is due to the fact that they absorb and retain a lot of water - making the wood heavy but weak. They are very common in general, and I guess the greatest risk would be exposure to the cold - they require warm temperate conditions.
 

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Hackberry bonsai

All I know about the tree is that it is a common type of tree here in ky. the large types have a grey bark with wart like places all over it has berries in fall they grow to be tall and have small leaves.
 

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I have a european hackberry (C. australus) that I grew from seed. I spent about 10 years in the ground and I put it in a bonsai pot just last year. I is pretty nice material to work with. The branches bud back easily and are developing quickly. The tree looks a little like a zelkova.
 

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I bid on this one a couple of years ago on ebay, but I was out bid. The new owner got one of the best one's I've seen.

Harry
 

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I really like this tree looks like hackberry can make a nice bonsai I was just wondering what is the age of the tree?
 

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I wouldn't have a clue, maybe a Hackberry expert could make a guess.

Harry
 

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The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection has a wonderful Chinese Hackberry. my fiance Victrinia has better pics but for now there is one on the psba website.

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Native Hackberries are great trees. I have collected several in Birmingham and worked with them for a few years before selling them. They grow well, like Zelkovas, and you can get thick branches in a couple years, and beautiful ramification in a season or two. The roots can be a challenge...like elms, they tend to have a couple heavy ones, with the finer roots quite a ways out from the trunk. They are easy to wire and look great in the spring and winter. By the late summer, mine always had sooty-looking leaves. I'm planning to go collecting for some new hackberries in the spring.
 

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Not too warm her in upstate NY...

Do you know what kind of hackberry it was?

In general they are supposed to be drought tolerant, as well as being very flexible and easy to bend. This is due to the fact that they absorb and retain a lot of water - making the wood heavy but weak. They are very common in general, and I guess the greatest risk would be exposure to the cold - they require warm temperate conditions.

They grow pretty commonly around here. It gets very cold and we get insane amounts of snow in the winter. I guess there are about 60-70 species of hackberry... Not sure how many in USA. But if you collected a species in CA where you are I'm guessing it's cold tolerance is drastically different...
 

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Easy tree to grow, stock came from the backyard in Lafayette, Louisiana [ 1980 ]
Get the trunk up to the size you want.
Will also restart itself from roots left in the ground.

Not sure how durable the heartwood is, so watch the big holes.
Using only grow and clip will also give good results.
Likes the full sun down here,
Good Day
Anthony
 

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