I have worked on this tree a long time – and it still has a long way to go. Shoots on the key branch are only two years old, and I have yet to “fix” the right side of the apex. It’s been a great project as the tree has been in my family since before I was born. Funny thing is, I still don’t know the variety. The flowers are white and fragrant, the fruit is small and yellow. I’ll make a note here when I find an answer and I’ll welcome any guesses in the mean time.
Left to its own devices, this tree does a remarkable job taking care of itself. You’ll notice that the before and after photos are quite similar. That’s because the tree usually grows just enough each year. During summer I wire and/or cut back the longest shoots while letting the rest develop at their own pace.
This tree also has the super habit of budding back on its own. After the spring growth hardens off, summer brings new shoots at the tips, and frequently at the base, of most branches. I’d be hard pressed to name a better quality in a bonsai.
Despite its modest growth habits, this tree grows roots like a champ making annual repotting a must. Fortunately, because the tree has been growing in good soil for so long, repotting is a breeze.
Pot by Michael Hagedorn
It would be remiss of me to not mention the pot. I purchased it from Michael Hagedorn at a GSBF convention years ago in Sacramento, CA. It’s one of my favorites. I bought it with a hinoki in mind but soon found it was far too small for the tree. It fits this plum just right.
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