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Elm
  

Elm (unknown native species)

I collected this one growing along a fence line 3 years ago. I shortened it by about 50% and have since developed the current apex. The scar has nearly healed over and it will be placed in a proper pot in 2-3 years.
The #1 and #2 branches were also shortened at the same time and dormant buds were forced from underneath to give a sharper angle. It is currently 12" high and 1 1/2" at the trunkline.

Elm

Buxus Harlandii (Boxwood)

This was a 5ft. specimen from a hedge that was being removed 3 years ago. It had no foliage below 3 ft. but had an excellent root structure. I reduced it to approx. 7" leaving only the 3 main branches and have since developed it to it's current height of 11". I am concentrating on the foliage pads with particular attention to the left side. The nebari measures 4" and it is in a black glazed Chinese training pot.

Buxus Harlandii (Boxwood)
Bougainvillea
 

Bougainvillea

This was a 15 gallon nursery specimen trained for the last 5-6 years in a mica pot. It was reduced be over 60% above the soil and 80% of the roots were removed. I left both trunks at roughly the same height out of indecision as to which would best serve as the apex. This picture was taken a few weeks after a major reduction in the foliage and branches and after much agonizing, have since removed the right hand trunk to the lowest branch. It was too straight and monotonous with little chance of doing anything else due to the dead wood along the back. It was originally estimated to be around 20 years old, but with the removal of the trunk I find this (by virtue of the growth rings) to be rather conservative. I now believe it to be at least 50! This removal also prompted a rethinking and the front is now the back. It is 18" in height and has a 6" nebari. It will be potted up later in a Blue rectangular pot as a compliment to the fuchsia colored blooms.

 Ficus salicifolia / Willow-Leafed Fig
Ficus salicifolia / Willow-Leafed Fig
Lagerstroemia indica / Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica / Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica / Crape Myrtle

Ficus salicifolia / Willow-Leafed Fig
Ficus salicifolia / Willow-Leafed Fig

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