English Elm Bonsai in Winter

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The delicate, fine shoots in the crown of the Elm bonsai are just millimetres thick.

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Set against the background of the heavy trunk, these delicate shoots create a great sense of scale.

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The Elm bonsai seen from the right-hand side. Note that the tree leans "over" the viewer.

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Detail image of the crown as seen from the right-hand side of the tree.

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Detail of the branch structure from the right-hand side. Although seemingly random in appearance, each and every one of the primary and secondary branches has been wired and then de-wired at least once, it is only the finest tertiary twigs that have a fully-natural shape and have been simply pruned to shape.

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Left: The Elm bonsai 3 years ago in December 2011. Right: in December 2014.
As can be clearly seen, it is not so much the increase in branch ramification over the past 3 years that has improved the appearance of the tree, but the increase in branch taper.
For more detail about building branch taper and ramification, please see this article on my website (featuring this bonsai) Developing Deciduous Bonsai Branch Structures

English or Field Elm/Ulmus minor

Height 17"/42cm

Developed from an airlayered branch

Pot by Erin Bonsai

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