Provenance: Collected in good health from a Beacon Hill courtyard garden. Good nebari and vein of deadwood down front. Species undetermined. Approx. 2′ high.
Date Acquired: 7/2015
Approx. Age at Acquisition: ~10 years
-8/2015, Potted in potting soil after reducing height to two main branches.
-10/2015, Tree growing vigorously with new shoots all over. Planted in ground.
-4/2016, Tree uprooted and root-pruned; planted in standard 45/45/10 mix in plastic training container.
-6/2016, Tree looking weak with yellow foliage (iron deficiency due to high pH levels in tap water). No new shoots. pH remedied by watering with small amounts of vinegar in water.
-7/2016, Tree fertilized with acid-loving mix to remedy chlorosis.
-9/2016, Tree suffering from infestation of lace bugs with many dechlorinated leaves. New shoots growing all over.
-10/10/2016, Tree fertilized with low-nitrogen fertilizer for dormancy prep.
-12/5/16, tree brought inside for winter storage.
-12/29/16, bottom leader removed to make single curved leader. Wound carved with dremel and sealed. Minuscule branches thinned out and some upper branches wired to shape canopy.
2/25/17, Tree moved outside.
-4/18/17, Tree rootpruned and potted into bonsai pot. Fertilized with acid-loving fertilizer.
-5/3/17, Flower buds removed to improve vigor; one left to photograph. Awkward branches pruned.
-9/4/17, Tree grew strongly through summer. No pruning. Fertilized with ericaceous fertilizer to prevent chlorosis. Leaves lush and green. Slight lace bug infestation.
To do: limbs must be allowed to grow out and thicken. Thin out after flowering next season.