Ilex Serrata

Nebari Bonsai

I bought 3 ilex serrata (Japanese Winterberry, or deciduous holly) from Brent back around 2009-2010 in 2 3/4″ pots. They were the size of matchsticks if I recall. They went in the ground, and over time I lost a couple, but managed to keep one going. The earliest photo I could find was this one from 2013.


When we moved in 2015, I dug up everything in that bed, and this ilex went into a 16″ Anderson flat with minimal root work, to keep it growing strong:




2 growing seasons later, in summer 2017, here is how it looked:


I had a very specific vision for this tree, a fat little multi-trunked tree; somewhere around 18″ tall and 20″ wide; like these examples:


Lately, I have been dabbling into shohin-sized trees; 8″. I want to keep both options open. And since this variety is rare, I decided to layer the…

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