I posted a blog a couple of weeks ago about new American hornbeam and Huckleberry specimens I’d collected. That post disappeared when we changed hosting services. I don’t feel like trying to recreate that blog, so here’s a replacement to show you a few nice trees that will hopefully survive lifting and come available in about two months.
Here’s a nice smaller hornbeam specimen (1.5″ base on the main trunk). It’s actually a triple-trunk. The main trunk has really nice taper and movement. The two smaller trunks are proportionately smaller, which is just what you want, so I think this could make a terrific multi-trunk bonsai in just a few years.
Continuing the theme of multi-trunk bonsai-to-be, this hornbeam is a very elegant twin-trunk. Think of them as “close companions.” Most twin-trunks don’t feature the trunks quite so close together. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one looks once it’s designed. With a base of 1.75″, it’s a good size also.
This hornbeam also has a 1.75″ trunk, and really great trunk character. I chopped the trunk to a smaller branch that was growing straight up. It’s not quite a formal upright, but it’s definitely an upright specimen and the height should be emphasized when it’s designed.
This Huckleberry has a pretty stout trunk, 1.75″ at the base, and also good taper. It should produce a decent number of trunk buds, which will allow for good design choices.
This specimen is smaller than the one above, 1.25″ at the base, but really nice character and I was able to chop to a smaller trunk (which I left too long, but you can always chop more). That makes for really good taper. It’s currently 9″ from soil to apex, so when it gets chopped and then grown into a bonsai the finished height could well be less than 12″. I’m really fond of shohin bonsai. How about you?