I love elm bonsai. Among my favorite elm species to work with is American elm, Ulmus Americana. I found this one almost by accident in early May. Though I would normally prefer to collect American elms in January or February, I thought it would be worth a try to lift this one. And I was pleasantly surprised when it came right back.

Here’s a quick styling that I did on this tree. I was fortunate in the number of shoots it gave me to work with, including some in most of the right spots! But as I note in the video, it’s common to not get a “perfect” set of branches, and frankly if we always did we’d end up bored with our trees because they’d all look alike.