Category Archives: Bonsai Records

Acer rubrum (Red Maple) #2

Family: Sapindaceae

Provenance: Volunteer seedling transplanted from Burlington back yard.

Date Acquired: 8/2013

Approx. Age at Acquisition: 1-2 years old

Notes:

-8/2013, Tree transplanted and planted over rock; roots wrapped in plastic wrap.

-3/2016, Tree dug up and roots examined. Large tap roots wrapped over rock but without much additional branching. Roots rewrapped and soil placed near upper roots to encourage new rooting. Replanted in same spot.


To do: Tree must be allowed to thicken further for one or two seasons.

Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Family: Sapindaceae

Provenance: Volunteer seedling transplanted from Burlington back yard.

Date Acquired: 8/2013

Approx. Age at Acquisition: 1-2 years old

Notes:

-8/2013, Tree transplanted and planted over tile in backyard in Burlington, MA and allowed to thicken.

-11/2016, Tree healthy but not much larger

-Spring 2017, Tree killed for unknown reason


Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Family: Cornaceae

Provenance: Two airlayers from parent tree in Winchester, MA. Layers started 6/2016.

Date Acquired: 9/2016

Approx. Age at Acquisition: Layered branches 5-15 years old. Tree possibly greater than 40 years old.

Notes:

-9/2016, Two airlayers removed after leaves had dropped on brach but not on rest of tree. Callous tissue on cut sites of both layers and few, minuscule reddish roots. Some dead stems but some buds still living. Layers dusted in rooting hormone and potted in 50% sphagnum and 50% bonsai mix. Fingers crossed.

-11/2106, Layers moved inside to back porch for the winter.

-3/1/17, Not many signs of life, but some branch tips are still alive.

-4/18/17, Some twigs still green and pliable, but not swelling or budding.


To do: If airlayers survive, they will be allowed to grow freely in container to promote health of tree, before any alteration is done.

 

Chaenomeles japonica (Flowering Quince) #2

Chaenomeles japonica (Flowering Quince) #2

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Family: Rosaceae

Provenance: Airlayered from larger Chaenomeles

Date Acquired: 11/2016

Approx. Age at Acquisition: Branch approx. 3-5 years old.

Notes:

-11/2016, Airlayer removed from parent tree with very few roots due to tightness of sphagnum moss. Potted in sphagnum/bonsai mix to prevent desiccation. Layer seems alive.

-2/25/17, With unseasonably warm weather, the airlayer already shows signs of breaking buds.

-2/28/17, Tree is pruned to mame size, and transplanted into a tiny pot. Not many roots, but the layer seems alive and may survive with adequate watering.

-4/18/17, A few minuscule leaves but no other signs of growth.


Chaenomeles japonica (Flowering Quince)

Chaenomeles japonica (Flowering Quince)

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Family: Rosaceae

Provenance: Purchased from Mahoney’s Nursery, Winchester MA. Around 2′ tall.

Date Acquired: 8/2013

Approx. Age at Acquisition: ~5-8 years old

Notes:

-8/2013, Planted out in yard and mulched to allow thickening.

-6/2104, Tree eaten at by rabbits; protected with chicken wire and all root suckers removed.

-4/2016, Tree healthy but not much growth due to wildlife, caterpillars and shade. Tree transplanted and pruned, wounds sealed. Potted in 45/45/10 mix.

-6/2016, Suckers left to grow out and upper trunk layered with sphagnum moss. Bottom to become a small clump shohin and top to become a small mame. Prolific aphids treated with neem oil.

-9/20/2016, Air layer removed with very few roots due to the tightness of the moss. Layer potted in mostly sphagnum to keep moist.

-11/2016, Bottom reduced to stump with small leader and root sucks with a few nodes each. Repotted in 50/50 bonsai mix in small bonsai pot. Tree seems alive.

-2/25/17, With unseasonably warm weather, tree has begun to show breaking buds all over.

-2/28/17, Shoots trimmed back to one or two buds; central stump must be carved. Shoots must be pruned vigilantly.

-4/18/17, Tree fully leafed out and flowered. Shoot tips pinched and tree fertilized with slow-release pellets.

-5/3/17, Tree flowered and growing strongly. Tips pinched.

 

Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine)

Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine) #1

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Family: Pinaceae

Provenance: Collected from Saw Mill conservation area, Burlington, MA from a pocket of lean soil on exposed granite face. Nearly all feeder roots intact.

Date Acquired: 3/4/2016

Approx. Age at Acquisition: ~10 years

Notes:

 

-3/16/2016, collected and planted in ground. Top leader removed. Tree in good shape with 1-2″ needles at time of collection (possibly due to water/nutrient deficiency on rock face?). Full crown and beginning to put out mature bark.

-9/2016, growing strongly.

-10/2016, Limbs pruned back to one or two nodes.

-4/15/17, Tree looking dry, some damage to branches.


To do: Foliage must be chased back using pruning and pinching. Tree must be repotted into training pot in spring.

 

Malus sp. (Crabapple)

Malus sp. (Crabapple)

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Family: Rosaceae

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

Notes:

-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.


To do: Tree must be root-pruned and planted in training pot. Limbs must be grown out and ramification induced by pinching.