Washington Hawthorne

Last year I picked up an unmarked tree from my local bonsai nursery. It was very cheap and potted in a 4 inch square. The root spread was interesting and it had a great display of fall colors, something not so common in Southern California. All things considered I decided it would be a fun tree to pick up.

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Fall colors, nice smooth grey bark

The fall colors were equally spectacular this year. Depending on sun exposure you get anything from a deep red to a vibrant yellow and everything in between.

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Nebari Shot

I decided to plant the bugger in the ground and let it grow freely the entire season

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Spring 2016

The tree grew extremely well. I’d say even faster than my trident which was planted in the ground too. Roots established quickly and as soon as runners began the tree took off. After a full season it was at least 5 feet tall. (no shots before cutting unfortunately) The tree put on over a quarter inch of thickness and started developing fissures in the bark.

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I dug out the tree, cut off all long shoots and did a major root pruning. Dug it out and put it in a box. I think this tree has really good potential as a shohin – kifu sized bonsai with a very elegant image. The foliage reduces well and ramification can be had easily. The fall color is a great treat too. The plan is to create primary branching from (hopefully) good back-budding and perhaps allowing the roots to escape in the ground for successive stages of thickening.

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Let me know what you think. I still don’t have an image for this tree would appreciate any suggestions or virts. Thanks for taking a look and have a great day!

3 thoughts on “Washington Hawthorne”

  1. Nice tree,you could cut one of the two leaders. Very nice bark lovely color.is there a good spread of roots around the base,if not you could air layer the base in time.just let the tree grow this season.

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    1. Sorry, I just saw this comment. Thanks for the suggestion! I think I definitely need to thin out the top. Either by cutting off one of the two leaders as you suggested or by deepening the “v” between the branching. After I see how the tree responds in spring I’ll make a decision.

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