(225) 784 - 2168 zach@bonsai-south.com

I collected this American elm, Ulmus Americana, in May of 2018.  It’s not a bad piece of material.  The trunk base is 2″ in diameter, and I chopped it at 16″.  It didn’t take long for buds to show up all over the trunk.

Within two months I was wiring like crazy.  American elm is a very vigorous species.  One of the best features is leaf-size reduction – from 5″ in the wild to less than 1/2″ in a bonsai pot.  You can’t ask for much more than that!

One more good thing about American elm: it ranges all the way from Canada down to Florida, and west to Texas.  So winter hardiness is not an issue.

What about Dutch elm disease?  I’ve grown quite a few American elm bonsai through the years, and I’ve never had a problem with it nor have I heard of anyone else who did.  There appears to be a relationship between the height and age of specimens in the wild and susceptibility to DED. 

Here is today’s shot.  In less than one year, I have a complete and nice set of branches on this elm.  I’ll be pruning back hard in about a month or so, and that will encourage back-budding and ramification.  I may even go ahead and slip-pot into a bonsai container.

Let me know what you think.  Do you grow American elm?