Shohin Elaeagnus

Bonsai Iterate

This little guy is an Elaeagnus umbellata – an autumn olive.

Elaeagnus before a trim in May 2020

It’s just gotten a bit shaggy, and with a tree this small, a scant eight inches tall from soil level, you can’t let it grow out too long before losing control of the delicate features needed in a tiny tree.

Elaeagnus after a first May pruning

Most new growth was reduced to just two new leaves. Later in the summer I will do a partial defoliation to encourage smaller leaves and more fine branching.

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