Water Elm Forest Progression

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I thought I would post up a progression of my water elm forest that I started from cuttings from the tree shown below. This tree is now sadly gone (due to a stupid mistake) but at least I still have the cuttings that came from it. I rooted the cuttings in 2016 but I don't have any pics of them from that year.

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In 2017 I put 7 of them together and tried to get them in a somewhat random placing.

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Here is the forest in July 2018 moved into a larger pot.

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April 2019. Not a whole lot of change.

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August 2019. The trunks thickened up quite a bit in just a few months.

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June 2020. Trunks are still getting thicker and the roots are starting to push the trees up out of the pot. Definitely due for a repot in 2021.

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November 2020 before getting ready for some work before going away for the winter.

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Dec 2020. All branches and trees shortened and did some re-positioning with guy wires. I also reduced the soil mound to reveal the surface roots that went a little crazy on me under there. I will give it a proper repot in the spring.

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The plan is to just keep developing the branching. In particular, tree #2 needs at least one more branch coming off the right side. Hopefully the hard prune will result in something popping close to where I need it.
 

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Looks great! Have never heard of that species before.
 

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Looks great! Have never heard of that species before.

Thanks. Planera aquatica is a southern species that isn't a true elm, but is closely related. The grow in swamps along with bald cypress. My original tree came from Zach in Louisiana. They require some winter protection in Virginia, and as I found out, can wake up pretty early in the spring after a few warm days in a row. Things get tricky when it gets cold again and that's how I lost the parent tree. It was sitting in front of a window in my garage and got too cold after coming out of dormancy early this spring. This forest was only a few feet away, but not in front of the window, and was spared. They love the heat of summer and I think the hotter and more humid it is the better. Mine grows faster in July and August when other trees are taking a break. They have small leaves and get twiggy pretty fast. All in all, it's a really nice species to work with.
 

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Nice! I have a couple water elm forests as well as some larger single trees. They are fast growers...just don't let them dry out!
 

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Really impressive for only three years, I like it alot.
 

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