Developing a Hornbeam Bonsai Trunk

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February 2013: The Hornbeam was planted into a newly-built raised bed in my garden in February 2013. The raised bed is an effective way of "field-growing" bonsai material and encourages very vigorous top and rootgrowth in trees.

Note that although the trunk had been chopped at this point, I still hadn't removed the remaining stump. Although smoothing the wound during dormancy would not be harmful to the tree, waiting until the growing season to carry out the work would result in the Hornbeam being able to react immediately, and the amount of callus, or healing of the wound, would be greater and more pronounced.

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December 2014: The hornbeam after two full growing seasons. As can be seen in the above image, the trunkleader had been allowed to grow freely and had reached a couple of metres in height in an effort to thicken it.

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Meanwhile, the branches of the tree had been periodically gently pruned to help develop the future branch-structure of the tree as a bonsai.

The stump that had been left over from trunk-chopping in early 2012 was removed during the Summer of 2013, using a sloping cut made by a carving-tool.

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December 2014: Although (importantly) the wound cannot be seen from the front of the tree, it can be from above. As is typical, it will take many more years for the wound to heal over completely.

The increase in diameter of the new trunkleader can be seen clearly in the above image, with the new leader approximately half the diameter of the trunk below it, giving some nice taper.

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