Provenance: Collected in yard in Winchester, MA. Weed tree approximately 8′ tall with two trunks. Both reduced to 3′ and 2′ respectively. Many feeder roots intact. Slight reverse taper near base (candidate for swamp layering). Tree in good health.
Date Acquired: 4/2016
Approx. Age at Acquisition: 7-10 years
-4/2016, potted in plastic container in standard 1/2 and 1/2 mix of turface and grit.
-5/2016, many new shoots, growing vigorously. Unwanted shoots and suckers removed. Treated for aphids and winter moth caterpillars with neem oil and fertilized with standard slow-release NPK.
-6/2016, two trunks cut back to new leaders and wounds sealed. Tree looks healthy.
-9/2016, growing strongly.
-11/2016, seasons growth pruned back to 2 or 3 nodes to develop branch taper. Unneeded shoots removed.
-12/5/16, tree brought inside for winter storage.
-12/15/16, branches wired to encourage movement.
-2/25/17, with unseasonably warm weather, tree has begun to show breaking buds all over.
-4/18/17, Tree fully leafed out and tips pinched. Tree fertilized with slow-release pellets.
-9/5/17, Tree grew strongly through summer. Shoot tips infested by aphids pruned off. Woolly aphid infestation to be treated before winter storage with neem oil.
To do: Prune out of proportion and undesirable branches in the spring. Cut back new leader on smaller trunk. Wire branches downward. In spring, root prune and repot into bonsai training pot.