Elm Adjustments

I have been making a few decisions with this field grown Cork Bark Elm. It was styled a few years ago and since then I have been building up ramification and girth to lower branches.

This year saw a lot of growth but a lot of this wasn’t in the right places. The wire had been removed last Winter and during the year they have risen out of  the desired profile. The finer growth is too dense in places to the detriment of inner areas.



I spent an hour the other afternoon wiring the primary and secondary branching and thinning out the dense areas to create proper structure. Although this has reduced the size of the overall tree, in a negative way, the structure left is correct and I will be able to quickly replace the ramification. I did manage to snap a little branch near the apex. Didn’t see that pruning wound from last year which had created a weak spot. At least at the apex it can be replaced quickly.



The foliage mass needs to be at least twice as much as it is now, but that’s part of the enjoyment of deciduous bonsai, no quick fixes.

2 comments on “Elm Adjustments

  1. Hi
    Happy new year to you, I like your elm it’s coming on well. That back branch half way up on the right can it lower a bit it’s giving a bar branch look and going against the gracefully downward movement of the rest of the tree it would also fill that hole visually.
    All the best


    • Hi Andy, can’t do much more with that branch at the moment. There’s an old pruning scar on it and I got a little breaking when bending. So for now, that’s as far as it’s going for this year!


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