A Hidden Gem, Japanese Holly

Bonsai Iterate

Sometimes the greatest payoffs come only with a lot of patience, and a little struggle. It is finally time to collect a Japanese holly, Ilex cranata, that I have been watching for nearly two years now.

When I first found this plant hidden in a bramble, it was too late in the year to collect it or start an air layer, but I decided quickly that both of these approaches were in the cards. I mean, look at it! It’s like two bonsai on each end of a stick!

In the early spring of 2017, after many months of waiting, I started an air layer to claim the upper section of the plant. You can read about that process in this post on Bonsai Iterate, and you can also read the follow up. (I’m happy to report the air layer is doing well this spring!)

Now, after another year…

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