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Anybody ever grown hazel as bonsai?

You know, this weed, with large leaves, crude branching and shrubby growth habit?

Giving it a try, as I have to pull a shrub from my veggie-patch, a.k.a. bonsai growing field, in winter :)

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this was originally Smithys hazel, you might remember him from europeanbonsaiforum. its a good example, hollow trunk n all😉

hazels do pop up on the UK scene. Bonsaieejit had a progression on one too
 

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Nooo I remember him from meeting him at TT's BURRS. I think that was him in any case. How is he? Still in Bonsai ?
on his facebook he said he was selling his trees to pursue other hobbies and will only keep about 8 trees.
in my first two years in bonsai i used to PM him quite a lot, i was inspired by his work. your hazel is on a good path
 

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Indeed. Although I have never seen this one bear fruit. That would actually be cool.
They do every year on mine. I’ve a windswept in training at the moment, and 2 material. One is a large trunk, other smaller. I’ve been looking forward to working them. The big one has been in a large tub for some years now, it originally died back most of its trunks and now regrown, so it’s got a load of wood on it. I’m hoping for a good base too. Mind have hazelnuts on at the moment.

Interesting tree you have, where’d you find it? I never see large trees, only small. Your trunks look nothing like hazel contorta.. like others said, looks like carpinus, how odd. I take it this is all 1 tree, connected by wood?
 

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its not contorta its the normal hazel. but the one i posted is contorta. both leaves are the same. normal hazel can be found in nurseries as hedging plants.
 

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its not contorta its the normal hazel. but the one i posted is contorta. both leaves are the same.
I can show you a side by side tomorrow, got a long whip from the root stock growing out of my contorta. Original hazelnut next to contorted, same tree.
 

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They do every year on mine. I’ve a windswept in training at the moment, and 2 material. One is a large trunk, other smaller. I’ve been looking forward to working them. The big one has been in a large tub for some years now, it originally died back most of its trunks and now regrown, so it’s got a load of wood on it. I’m hoping for a good base too. Mind have hazelnuts on at the moment.

Interesting tree you have, where’d you find it? I never see large trees, only small. Your trunks look nothing like hazel contorta.. like others said, looks like carpinus, how odd. I take it this is all 1 tree, connected by wood?
Indeed, regular hazel. This is the small plant that was growing in my allotment (Guess thats what you call it). Maybe 8inch base? Indeed, all connected. I have a second one, which should also go. But I do not want to dig it. The base is about 2ft across.

I wired it with lots of litte twists and curves to give the branches some character as they thicken up. There will be a lot of growing out and cutting back on this one. I really hope I do not have to carve a hollow in this 😇
 

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