Chojubai Notes: Part 2

Michael Hagedorn

After the major period of flowering in the cooler months of the year, ‘Chojubai’ Dwarf Flowering Quince will begin to grow. At the end of this period the plant is usually multi-tasking, flowering and growing. What you will see first are whorl growths of several leaves. These do not have an extension. About the time the tree begins slowing down on flowering, the major growth period ramps up and it will create extensions. They start as a pinkish white bud that grows fatter.

chojubai extension 2 Two types of growth on Chojubai: Whorl growth which does not extend, and shoot growth which does. There is only one shoot growth in this photo. All the others are whorls. These may produce flower buds, or might later in the year extend themselves.

chojubai extension In spring you want to see many extensions on your Chojubai. Not all tips will extend, though, just about 10 percent of them.


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Sumo Cotoneaster

It was time to do a little work on this garden cotoneaster. This was it back in May last year.

This is it before work this week.



I did a little carving to remove the chop marks and gave it a basic first styling.




It’ll now have a year to fill out and see what new shoots pop.