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Birch Fall 2012

White Bark Birch

Betula papyrifera Paper birch is best grown in medium to wet, well-drained sandy or rocky loams in part shade. It is best when it receives some afternoon shade. It needs consistently moist soils keep the root zones cool and moist. It needs little pruning, but if necessary, prune during the dormant season.

This tree was collected in upper Michigan in an overgrown golf course. In 1995, we put a tourniquet around taproot to force development of roots above it. This year is the first year for its new front.... Check back to see all updates. View Project


Pygmy Maple

This is an outstanding miniature maple; a seedling selection from Sharp Nursery, Boring, Oregon. Small, regular palmatum leaves on a compact, densely branched, rounded shrub turning a deep red in fall. Tiny palmate leaves on a short, densely structured tree with naturally rounded crown. Soft green 1½ inch star-shaped leaves turn brilliant red in fall. A tendency to leaf out early makes these maples susceptible to spring frosts.

This tree was purchased as nursery stock around 1994 by Jack D. I purchased this tree after it fell over and broke the apex off. Since purchasing this tree in 2007, several instructors have helped me in developing this tree. View Project


Midget Crabable or Kaido Crabapple

The Malus × micromalus was aquired as nursery stock in 2008 about 14 years old at that time and has been in training since then. A deciduous Shrub growing to 13 ft by 9 ft, it is hardy to zone 4 and is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. This tree was acquired as nursery stock at a workshop with internationally known and recognized for her excellence in the art form, Kathy Shaner, was designed and styled. In 2009 it was potted into a bonsai training pot from the nursery pot. Since then it has been repotted every other year, wired to ensure movement in secondary branches, pruned and refined every year. View Project

San Jose Bonsai 2013

San Jose Juniper

Juniperus squamata ‘San Jose' was aquired in 2002 about 7 years old at the time. This tree was an ABS 2002 convention workshop tree with Cheryl Manning. Cheryl has been training this tree for six years. The nursery stock was planted in the ground for three years to gain size. For the past three years they've been in pots to develop character. In addition to the development of the trunk and branches, the root system has been trimmed so that the trees will be able to be potted in an appropriate pot. In 2005 I potted it into its show pot and began working with Ted Matson. First step is to reduce all foliage to about 1 inch (or ¾ inch earlier in the year) to produce even balance. Ted explained that this tree is showing a lot of mature buds (scale rather than needles). He suggested trying to convert tree to this mature foliage, by pinching the mature foliage lightly to keep the energy flow and allow it to increase. To help balance the top of the tree, reduce top portion by 5% so the bottom can catch up. I had difficulty wiring this tree and did not complete the wiring of the upper half. In the future I will need to watch placement of branches. No right angles, more triangular or angled then flare out. All should flow with the branch to the tip. View Project

ginko leaf

Collected Ginko

My ginkos were collected in early spring 2010 when the Milwaukee Bonsai Society organized a collecting dig in a Bayview neighborhood. The house where the collecting took place, was purchased in 1941 by Joseph and Dorothea Halser. A 1970 story in The Milwaukee Journal quotes Dorothy as saying that the first trees on this property were a gift to the previous owner around 1900 from a U.S. ambassador to China. In 2009, investigators representing the University of Wisconsin Extension and the state Department of Natural Resources have established that the two biggest trees on the property are the 13th and 14th largest in the state of Wisconsin.

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