In late 2016 I purchased a large variegated elm at a steal of a price. Within the thick canopy hid a region of significant inverse taper. Perhaps problematic but I immediately recognized the potential as a layer candidate. As a weakerulmus parvifolia cultivar you don’t too many of em that has grown this big especially with such dramatic taper.
Can you see it in there?
Here’s a closer shot:
My best find to date
The large mid trunk bulge was likely produced through many years of pruning at the same node site. You can actually see a few old pruning scars on the trunk. At the time of acquisition it was mid summer in Southern California. Our growing season extends all the way to September giving me more than enough time to begin an air layer.
Cambium thoroughly removed with concave cutters
A common reason why airlayers fail is due…
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Happy New Years folks. Here’s the last project for the year. It’s a root over rock chinese elm I grown from seed. I thought I’d share more of it’s history before I describe the work I’ve done to it.
The tree began as a doner seedling from a mature elm tree in my neighbors yard. It grew freely for 1-2 years before I decided to dig it out. I gave it an additional season to grow in a pot and doubled the size.
Identically aged elm but never dug out
It spend the entire growing season in the ground with the roots firmly braced with seram wrap and external anchors. Here is the tree from roughly 1 year ago:
Neglected to take progression shots, but here is the tree prior to wrapping the roots
I dug it out today, slightly early but mind you chinese elms in Southern…
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