Collecting Season Ends – Got Some Nice Cedar Elms

Spring has come very early to the Deep South.  Things are blooming and budding.  Yesterday Cathy and I were able to collect some Cedar elms (Ulmus crassifolia), and I think we got some very nice material.  Here are a few specimens that I hope to be able to offer soon.

Here’s a nice barky specimen with good movement and taper.  The trunk base is just under 2″, and it’s chopped at 13″.  Given how fast Cedar elms grow, I should have a basic design established on this tree by summer.









I really like the trunk character on this one.  I was able to chop to a smaller leader, which will help create additional taper in the crown of the tree as I develop it.











I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite bonsai styles is the simple upright tree.  That’s how most trees grow, after all.  This one is going to do well.











I think this is my favorite from the trip.  Isn’t that shari near the base terrific?  Plus the movement, plus the taper, plus the bark.  And what’s more, this tree is smaller that the ones above.  The trunk base is only 1″ at the soil.  But great things often come in small packages.











I really like group plantings, so we harvested several smaller specimens in order to make a couple this year.  These three trees looking like they belong together, so I went ahead and potted them up with that idea in mind.  Assuming they all make it, I should be able to slip-pot them into a bonsai container this summer.

I’d love to hear what you think of these Cedar elms.  Leave me a comment below.

12 Replies to “Collecting Season Ends – Got Some Nice Cedar Elms”

  1. Rick Grace

    Hey Zach, What a great time you must have collecting in the wild! I would love to have one of those when they are available, and I agree that the simple formal upright is the most beautiful style. Regards, Rick Grace

    • Zach Smith Post author

      As a general rule, yes. It’s best to lift deciduous trees during the dormant period. Some can be collected after first flush, for example Sweetgum and Cedar elm. But it’s best to collect in late winter.


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