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Caring for Winged Elm as bonsai

Larry Morton

Posted on February 08 2019

 

Winged Elm is fast growing, tough and durable. It is native, responds to water and fertilizer. They grow best in full sun but also take shade. A vigorous top grower, it will eventually form smaller leaves and finer textured twiggy growth in a pot. Defoliation is terrible horticulture due to the excessive unnecessary stresses to any healthy plant. Use wiring, directional pruning and bud selection as it takes well to heavy pruning. Good horticultural practices mean healthy bonsai and an increase in value with age. The root system thrives in a cool, moist substrate high in organic matter.

  • The natural form of Winged Elm at maturity is    Broadly spreading, vase shaped to spherical. Zigzag branches.
  • Lace Parasol' is an interesting stiffly weeping form of Corkbark Elm with handsome corky branches.
  • Excellent winter silhouette.
  • Small, lustrous dark green foliage turns to a yellow fall color.
  • Inconspicuous greenish red flowers in March and fruit in May.
  • Two opposite corky wings on most twigs.
  • Interesting ridges on the dark gray, sometimes corky bark.

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