Sweetgum Bonsai & Pre-Bonsai

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

Just lifted this spring and direct-potted, this Sweetgum is a nice upright example of the species.  This design (which the tree seems to have chosen for itself) has the branches concentrated in the upper part of the tree.  I think it looks nice this way; something different.

The trunk base is 0.75″ and it’s 15″ tall.  Nice Chuck Iker pot.

Ships in late July.

Price: $145 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgumbonsai15

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

Here’s a terrific natural twin-trunk I lifted earlier this year.  Nice complementary movement of the trunks.  Growth is strong now, and it should be ready for wiring a little later in the season.

The main trunk is 1.5″ in diameter and it’s 14″ to the chop.

Ships in late July.

Price: $115 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgum11pre

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

1.5″ trunk, 11″ to the chop

Age approx. 8 years

Collected last fall, I really love the movement in this trunk.  Notice the new leader is emerging at just the perfect spot to continue the trunk line.  Ready for an initial wiring in June.  Can go to a bonsai pot in 2018.  Nice trunk character.

Ships in late May.

Price: $95 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgum8pre

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

Collected last fall, this is a nice stout specimen with very nice taper and trunk character.  The trunk is 2″ at the base, and it’s 10″ to the chop.  It’ll be ready for an initial wiring next month.

Ships in late May.

Price: $95 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgum7pre

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UPDATED PHOTO – growing strong!

Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

Collected last fall, this Sweetgum was recently slip-potted into this fine Byron Myrick oval, which should complement the fall color nicely.  The trunk is 1.5″ at the base, and it’s 13″ tall.  I did some preliminary wiring on it, but more will be done next month.

I really like this composition.  The trunk has a lot of character, and I can see a fine bonsai here in just a couple of years.

Ships in May.

Price: $235 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgumbonsai13

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UPDATED PHOTO – really filling out, ready for wiring

Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

2.5″ trunk, 9″ to the chop

Age approx. 10 years

Collected last fall, this one has great trunk character and taper.  I’d cut to either the shoot near the top or the one below.  Either way it’ll make a fine bonsai.  Nice bark forming.

Ships in late May.

Price: $115 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgum9pre

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

1.75″ trunk, 15.5″ tall

Age approx. 15 years

Collected in January 2017, this one is all about the bark and the nice shari in the upper trunk.  I don’t usually collect Sweetgums in winter, but I took a chance on this one because it looks so mature.  And guess what?  It’s pushing buds.

This tree should make a nice informal upright, in the classic Sweetgum form (tall, straight and columnar).  With the bark already there, it’ll look like an old tree right away.

Ships in spring.

Price: $135 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgum10pre

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sweetgum10-21-16-2Sweetgum – Liquidambar styraciflua

3/4″ trunk, 16″ tall

Age approx. 5 years

I just potted up this neat bunjin-style Sweetgum today (10/21/16).  The trunk base has a nice bit of curviness to it, which is unusual for Sweetgums.  Good trunk character also.  It’ll develop quickly next year with diligent pinching, which by the way is the key to training Sweetgums once you have the branches where you want them.  The leaves will get smaller also.

Great Chuck Iker pot.

Ships November 7th if you’re south of the Mason-Dixon line or anywhere else that doesn’t get bitterly cold in winter; otherwise in spring.

Price: $95 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgumbonsai11

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Sweetgum – Liquidambar styraciflua

1″ trunk, 8.5″ tall

Age approx. 6 years

Here’s a great shohin Sweetgum bonsai with cool shari extending from the soil almost halfway up the trunk.  Nice roots, too.  This one has been pot-grown for the past four years, and it’s really put on some nice character.  I really love the design.  Potted today (10/15/16) into this lovely Chuck Iker round.

Ships November 1.

Price: $135 (delivered)

Item # Sweetgumbonsai9

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Sweetgum8-10-16-1UPDATED PHOTO – filling out nicely!

Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

1/2″ trunk, 13″ tall

Age approx. 2 years

Nice starter Sweetgum bonsai.  I really like the shape of this tree, nice trunk movement and branch set.  As for training, all that really needs doing at this point is pinching out the growing tips and removing the wire when it starts to get tight.  The pot is a nice piece by Paul Katich.

Ships now.

Price: $55

Item # Sweetgumbonsai7

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UPDATED PHOTO – growing nicely

Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

1.75″ trunk, 10″ to the chop, finished height should be about 16″

Age approx. 8 years

I collecting this tree  a couple weeks ago and it’s just now pushing new buds.  I went ahead and wired a few of the shoots so you can see the future design.  I love the curve in this trunk!

Ships in late July.

Price: $75

Item # Sweetgum5pre

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Sweetgum11-6-15Sweetgum – Liquidambar Styraciflua

3″ trunk, 26″ tall, Paul Katich pot

Age approx. 30 years

Beautiful slanting style tree, great trunk character.  In training since 2012.  Ramification increased greatly this year, with leaf size reducing accordingly.  In 2016 this one should see continued improvement in character and quality.  It’s at the pinching and refinement stage.

Ships now or Spring 2016*.

Price: $595 (*you can reserve this tree for a deposit of $150 and it will ship in spring; email me for a PayPal invoice)

Item # Sweetgumbonsai5

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Sweetgum9-20-15

The same tree in September, with a little fall color and more foliage showing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Replies to “Sweetgum Bonsai & Pre-Bonsai”

  1. Karen Thornton

    I love what you do and really enjoy the articles with pictures. I hope that one day, I can say I own a bonsai that is 40 or 50 years old, but I will never be able to pay what it cost to buy one that old. I’m almost 60 so I don’t have enough years left to wait on them to grow, so I’ll just enjoy looking at yours when you post them. Thanks for what you do and sharing your work with all of us that follow you.
    Karen

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    • robert gardner

      Karen,
      In the world of Bonsai you are just getting started. Don’t ever give up. I am over 70 had both knees replaced and open heart surgery, I have last year I just planted 30 Ponderosa Pines
      and they take 2000 years to make an interesting Bonsai. Also I maworking on several Bristlecone Pines and am in the process of planting some Bristlecone seeds.
      Now this treed only takes 2500 years for Bonsai Trees.
      You still have enough time to really enjoy your trees so keep working on them.

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    • Zach Smith Post author

      I dig sweetgums in May. I used to collect them in winter, along with other deciduous species. The survival rate was very low. On a hunch one year I dug some in May and most survived.

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  2. Michael

    Hi Zach- received Sweetgum yesterday, 5/25. It is truly a beast, a real beauty! My only comment is that the nursery pot used for shipping was too flexible. I’m a bit concerned it allowed for too much movement of the tree. Thanks for letting it grow out, and that amount of top may have complicated the issue. I’ve got it stabilized out of wind and direct sun for now, and it seems to be perking up just fine.

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    • Zach Smith Post author

      Thank you, Michael. There was quite a bit of foliage on the tree. I ship in nursery containers in order to keep the roots confined, but the top-heaviness in this case was a complicating factor. The roots should be hardened off enough that the tree will bounce right back. If there’s any prolonged flagging, I’d suggest removing some of the foliage to reduce the demand on the roots.

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