I bought this Korean Hornbeam from E-bay in the Summer of 2004 for a very reasonable price.
Here is the tree as offered at auction.
Though I'm quick to criticise some Ebay sellers; I think it is worth mentioning that this tree arrived from the seller (Andrew Lenden) well packaged and in good health. Since repotting I have also found the tree to have been planted in good quality soil and to have a healthy root system.
I spent a couple of months studying the tree to judge its health and it continued to grow healthily.
I disliked the current front of the tree and felt that it would benefit from being turned in its pot to show a better angle.
Though difficult to see the structure of the tree while still in leaf, this picture shows the angle I preferred.
After leaf fall in early December.
Now the structure of the tree can be seen and new front of the tree seems to be an improvement. As the tree will be given frost protection (outside) this Winter, I pruned and wired the branches.
After pruning and wiring.
A new shallower pot is needed for the tree in time for repotting in the Spring. A picture is sent to Vic Harris of Erin Pottery so he can build the new pot.
Finally, the tree in its new pot February 2005.
Height of tree 15".