Zelkova freak

AlainK

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In 2010, I gathered seedlings that sprouted in the lawn (I have a big one in my garden).

I noticed two that had unusual leaves. One is almost dead but another one has developped though these two budbreak about a month later as the others and they seem to be weak.

I'm trying to keep them alive. I'm not sure even the bigger one will survive, but if it does, it coukld be fun.

I tried two grafts last year, both died.
The "branches" are still too smal for air-layers (just a few millimetres) or late-winter cuttings.

Anyway, this is the bigger one in 2012, and today:







The autumn colours are the same as in any ordinary Zelkova (2014):



I admit I feel a bit like a mad scientist, you know, the guy mixing rubber tyre powder with rough bindweed, rhum and thyme to find a cure for toothache, hu hu...

But will I be lucky enough to keep it as a stable, reproducible "cultivar"?

That's a horse of a different colour... :rolleyes:

 

Adair M

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Sure! Don't prune it until early next summer, take cuttings off the whips.

Easy!

They root well as cuttings.
 
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