Hornbeam Bonsai & Pre-Bonsai for Sale

Here are some fine quality hornbeam bonsai and pre-bonsai specimens for sale.  Buy or reserve yours today.  Prices include standard shipping charges.

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UPDATED PHOTO – fresh new growth on all three trees!

American Hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Another neat three-tree planting, this group bonsai will make a nice addition to your collection.  The trees all have good character and are well-matched.  Fine Chuck Iker pot.

The planting is 16″ in height from the soil surface.

Ships now.

Price: $145 (delivered)

Item # Amhornbonsai10

 

American Hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than making an American hornbeam bonsai.  This is a neat little three-tree planting that’s got some very nice character going for it.  Wonderful Chuck Iker pot.

The planting is 16″ in height from the soil surface.

Ships late July to mid-August, depending on when the growth kicks back in.

Price: $175 (delivered)

Item # Amhornbonsai9

SOLD

 

Hornbeam7-26-16-1UPDATED PHOTO – new smaller leaves are on the tree now

American Hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Collected in Winter 2015, this is an unusual specimen.  I’ve been letting it grow out in a nursery pot for the past year, and though it’s anything but “normal” I think it has a lot of character.  For the remainder of this year it’ll be developing ramification as I cut it back pretty hard during the potting process, so I expect secondary branching to begin once it resumes growth.

Trunk base is 1″ and it’s 10″ tall.  Very nice trunk character for such a small bonsai.  Beautiful Chuck Iker round.

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Price: $110

Item #Amhornbonsai7

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Hornbeam5-29-16-1American Hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Collected in Winter 2015, this neat little hornbeam came as a “ready-made bonsai.”  It was struggling along in deep shade and had developed a complete tiny tree structure.  But it was sluggish coming out and suffered dieback of most of the upper part of the tree.  Patience has paid off, though, and now it’s come back to make a nice little shohin specimen.  There’s nothing to do on this one but pinch the new growth and continue developing twigginess.

Trunk base is 0.75″ and it’s 9″ tall.  Beautiful Chuck Iker round.

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Price: $75

Item #Amhornbonsai6

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Hornbeam4-30-16UPDATED PHOTO – new apex chosen; tree trimmed and wired

American hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Collected in Winter 2015, this nice large specimen has recovered beautifully.  It has produced a nice selection of branches, allowing me to give it a good initial styling.  Great rootage, taper and trunk muscling – just what you want in a hornbeam.  Trunk base is 4″, height to the chop is 22″, final height will be about 30″.  Age about 40 years.

This tree is perfect for anyone looking for a hornbeam that really makes a statement.  Even more impressive in person.  Ready for a bonsai pot next spring.

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Price: $525

Item # Amhorn8pre

SOLD

 

Hornbeam12-12-15-1UPDATED PHOTOS – fall color, final trim and shaping for 2015

American hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Hornbeam12-12-15-2This tree was collected in Winter 2015 and given its first styling and potting on June 27, 2015.  Nice slanting specimen.  Trunk base is 1.5″, height to the tip of the new leader 12″.  Age about 15 years.  The pot is by Paul Katich.

This tree has been growing all season, and aside from watching it to ensure the wires didn’t bite in I haven’t done a thing to it until now.  Next year the crown will fill in and ramification will really kick in.

Should make a nice addition to anyone’s deciduous bonsai collection.

Ships now.

Price: $145

Item # Amhornbonsai5

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American hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Unusual specimen collected in Winter 2015.  Trunk is 2″ above the spreading root base, height 13″ to the chop.  Age about 25 years.  Should make a fine informal upright specimen.

Hornbeams root vigorously in pot culture.  This one will fill its container in 2015.  Major styling will need to be done this year to get the branches set.  Time to showable status, about three to four years.

Ships in June

Price: $110

Item # Amhorn5pre

SOLD

 

Hornbeam4-11-15-2American hornbeam – Carpinus Caroliniana

Wonderful little informal upright specimen, collected in Winter 2015.  Trunk is 1.25″ in diameter at the soil surface, height is 8″ to the chop.  Age about 15 years.

Will be ready for initial styling in May, and can go into a bonsai pot in Spring 2016.

Ships in June

Price: $65

Item # Amhorn6pre

SOLD

9 Replies to “Hornbeam Bonsai & Pre-Bonsai for Sale”

  1. tim

    hey Zach. I have a large American hornbeam I plan to collect. I have collected much smaller ones that have responded amazingly but I kinda attributed their success to being so young. The large one has great taper, flare, subtle movement, and well placed leader branch so I want to take every precaution to increase its odds of survival. What would be the perfect time to collect in NJ (zone 7)? Any others hints would be great. Also I would like to say thank u for such a great informative website. You really make it possible for the average person to engage in the art where as other sites fall short. Thanx again.

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    • Zach Smith Post author

      Tim, I would suggest collecting your specimen 2-6 weeks prior to spring. I don’t know if your ground freezes where you are in NJ. If so, obviously you’ll need it to begin to thaw. But otherwise, hornbeam can be collected from now till the buds just start showing activity. Be sure to seal the chop! Your odds of success should be roughly 80% if you do. Good luck.

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  2. tim

    How long should I wait to wire shoots on hornbeam? I’m itching to style mine up! Shoots are almost a foot on most of them and they have great placement so I don’t wanna break any. Thanks.

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    • Zach Smith Post author

      Tim, I usually do an initial wiring as soon as the shoots are firmed up enough to not pop off the trunk. That happens when they’re at least a foot long. You can wire smaller/shorter shoots but you have to be careful. Also, when the branches get a little thicker they tend to snap easily, so be careful. I still crack one now and then even with 25 years’ practice.

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  3. tim

    Hey Zach. I went out yesterday and collected 7 little hornbeam and assemble a rudimentary forest as kind of an experiment. I had successfully collected hornbeam this time last year so I figured why not? Is there any reason why this species does ok when dug in fall? I’m just following your lead with the experiments haha.

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    • Zach Smith Post author

      Tim, I’ve never collected hornbeam in the fall so I can’t really answer your question. It’s been my experience that collecting after budburst in spring is fatal, so I always stick to late winter. But if you can do it in fall, I say go for it!

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