Root over rock Chinese elm beginnings

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My neighbor has 2 large chinese elm trees in their front yard. Some years more than others, seeds will fall into my yard and root themselves in various places. Last year I dug out one of these donor elm seedlings, approximately 1 year old, and planted in a small nursery can. The tree grew unrestricted for the entire year over doubling in size.

The tree was significantly pruned back (the previous shoots being at least 3 feet tall or so) and the roots were slightly pruned leaving most of the lateral roots. My initial plans were to let it thicken up and develop it as a broom style tree but I wanted to do something different. The tree was secured to the rock using raffia and seram wrap then planted in the ground. I’m hoping it lives and if so, the roots were secured tightly enough to the rock to prevent separation. Will post updates in spring and will check the roots next year if it lives!

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The same post and related content will be on my blog: https://bontsai.com/category/trees/root-over-rock-chinese-elm/

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Almost 1 year update! A bit early to dig but the day time temps have been warm in Socal. Transferred to a pot to allow me to begin controlling and refining the root mass. Some more details on the blog: https://bontsai.com/2017/12/31/root-over-rock-chinese-elm-update/

I actually ended up splitting that large front root into 2 smaller roots but it's too dark for pictures right now.
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