May is Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua, collecting time.  We were gone the first week of the month on vacation so I’m a week behind, but the work has now begun.  Here are a couple of specimens I’m sure will make nice bonsai:

Sweetgum5-14-16-3This one is on a lateral subsurface root, meaning it needs to be a connected-root style tree.  In a couple of weeks it should be producing new buds, and that’s when I’ll have an idea where I’m going with it.  Trunk base is 1.75″ and it’s 10″ to the tip of the taller leader (which needs to be shortened, by the way, it’s pretty ugly right now).

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This specimen is a little more traditional, with a nice turn to the lower trunk.  Incidentally, I didn’t wire that curve into the trunk, it grew that way on its own.  This one also has a 1.75″ trunk base and is 10″ to the chop.  It’ll be ready for an initial styling next month.

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I lifted this Cedar elm, Ulmus crassifolia, today and direct-potted it into this lovely Chuck Iker round.  It had terrific branching straight out of the ground; all I had to do was cut it back to shape.  The trunk base is just under 1″ and it’s 12″ tall.  Nice upright specimen, don’t you think?

In a couple of weeks I’ll know if I was successful with this one.  Cedar elms are tough as nails, so I’m pretty confident.

By the way, this is another of my best bonsai trees for beginners.  If you don’t have one, get one.  You won’t be sorry.

I expect to post these trees for sale next month.