Yaupon?... was that the Grumpy one?

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Decided it was time to better document this Dwarf Yaupon..

It was received in Spring. My parents picked it up for me in North Carolina. Until this point, It had only received one, vague hard-prune.

My “gut” tells me to take the reduction with this species slowly... so as I engaged in it’s second step “down”, I thought I’d document.

The previous wound paste was removed.... I will address that scar/wound bulge in the spring.

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This tree will be going into coldframe preeeeetty quickly, here.
 

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What are your plans for the scar? I have a quince with the same kind of growth and will follow your progress.
It healed so aggressively, and new “chutes” appear strongly around wounds...

So knowing BOTH these things... I will.. “go back in” in spring.. carving in at the top bulge, then keeping a nearby response-chute for healing purposes alone..

That’s the plan anyways.

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Quinces are AWESOME.... I don’t know how well they’d grow in my climate (in containers).
 

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Hey let's have some fun here...

Yaupon holly is a native of my lovely state of North Carolina. "Yaupon" though it sounds Asian (at least to mean) is a Catawban word. (We love the Catawaba)

Next, the Latin is Ilex vomitoria. Ilex means "holly" but vomitoria means just what it sounds like... though it is false. Eating the leaves does not cause you to vomit. However, it may give you a buzz. That's because Yaupon holly is one of only two plants in North America known to produce caffeine.

My very nice Yaupon holly bonsai I got from @Si Nguyen when I traded him one of my junipers. He got it from Texas... and brought it to SoCal... and now it lives with me in NC :)
 
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Hey let's have some fun here...

Yaupon holly is a native of my lovely state of North Carolina. "Yaupon" though it sounds Asian (at least to mean) is a Catawban word. (We love the Catawaba)

Next, the Latin is Ilex vomitoria. Ilex means "holly" but vomitoria means just what it sounds like it means.... though it is false. Eating the leaves does not cause you to vomit. However, it may give you a buzz. That's because Yaupon holly is only one of two plants in North America known to produce caffeine.

My very nice Yaupon holly bonsai I got from @Si Nguyen when I traded him one of my junipers. He got it from Texas... and brought it to SoCal... and now it lives with me in NC :)
Do you have a picture of your vomitoria? I’d love to see it!

🤓
 

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They airlayer good? you can grow the top that has nice movement and then airlayer the wounded zone when the tree heals over it
 

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Wonderful!

Complete defoliation? Wow.. i’ve been approaching this tree too delicately. 🤣
Brad Russell at Bonsai Learning Center thought I had killed it :) He was like "complete defoliation of a broadleaf evergreen in June? Good luck with that!"

Rightly or wrongly, I treat it like a Mediterranean species such as an olive. In SoCal I would defoliate it in June as we approach the heat of the summer... so I did the same here. Obviously only do it when you have a strong tree... and don't do it in a year that you repot. Otherwise I find these guys get a little leggy and will bud back profusely if you cut them back hard.
 

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Brad Russell at Bonsai Learning Center thought I had killed it :) He was like "complete defoliation of a broadleaf evergreen in June? Good luck with that!"

Rightly or wrongly, I treat it like a Mediterranean species such as an olive. In SoCal I would defoliate it in June as we approach the heat of the summer... so I did the same here. Obviously only do it when you have a strong tree... and don't do it in a year that you repot. Otherwise I find these guys get a little leggy and will bud back profusely if you cut them back hard.
Awesome info. Yeah.. judging by how that wound healed.. it seemed like TREATING it like a normal broadleaf evergreen wasn’t quite “right”. Holy “Carp” as the fishermen say!
 

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Awesome info. Yeah.. judging by how that wound healed.. it seemed like TREATING it like a normal broadleaf evergreen wasn’t quite “right”. Holy “Carp” as the fishermen say!
I'll share some photos in the spring of some Japanese hollies that I pruned back hard from 4' to 12" or less - as well as removing all foliage. I had about twenty 40 year-old bushes in my landscape that I am going to need to remove, and so I pruned them hard in preparation for lifting them in the spring.
 

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