Siberian elm shohin

This small Ulmus pumila was displayed at this year’s Toronto Bonsai Society Fall Show and Sale.

Ulmus pumila

Ulmus pumila shohin. Yellow pot by Sugiura Keisen, accent pot by John Pitt.

The tree was developed from a naturally layered low branch from a much larger elm that was collected from a hedge, along with many others.

The shohin elm was a low back branch on this larger tree (circled in red).

The shohin elm was a low back branch on this larger tree (circled in red).

After separating the rooted branch.

After separating the rooted branch in April 2011.

Summer 2011.

Summer 2011.

5 Responses

  1. Nigel Saunders

    Rarely do we see the origin of a bonsai! A nice use of something many would prune off and throw away.

    October 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

  2. Charles Lum

    Good Morning:

    I am very glad to have joined your blog. I have just recently returned to the bonsai hobby, and am interested in acquiring the Siberian elm bonsai. Can you please let me know what price you are asking?

    If you maintain a list of those interested in acquiring your trees, please add my name to it.

    Thank you.

    October 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

  3. I love this post and admire the “eye” and the skill that this took.

    October 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

  4. Christopher J. Parker

    I find a lot of Ulmus pulmia in concrete cracks here in Winnipeg. Have been considering air layering at the base. Do you have any experience of this type ?

    April 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    • LSBonsai

      I’ve never intentionally air layered one, but they are such vigorous growers I would certainly bet that they will layer easily.

      April 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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