Mountain Laurel?

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Has anyone ever used Mountain Laurel as bonsai? Or are the flowers just too big? And do they even backbud at all? Thanks for your input.


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Jerry Stowell, a pioneer bonsai guy in the Mid-Atlantic and first president of the American Bonsai Society, used them back in the 70's.

http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/days/DaysJun.html

He included information on laurel in his book. He concluded, if I remember correctly, they're not a terrific species, but workable. I haven't tried one.
 

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Maybe I will try one. We'll see I suppose.
 

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I have one that is still in the growing out stage, but it has backbudded for me without any heavy pruning. So... that doesn't mean that it will respond well when I make the move to prune back heavily, but at the moment, it has responded well to anything light.
 

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Let me know what happens when you do prune it back hard. Thanks!
 

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