It’s been a couple of years since I shared an update about a twin-trunk stewartia in my garden. The basic care for the tree has consisted of cutback to 2-3 leaves on new shoots and leaf pruning in spring followed by light cutback in fall (see “Leaf pruning” for details). I’ve done this for the […]
For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about maintenance work for mature deciduous bonsai as that’s what I’ve been focusing on in the garden. Before moving on to a new topic (it’s almost decandling season!) here’s a look at a stewartia due for spring cutback. Stewartia monadelpha The tree has developed a lot in […]
As many of you have noticed, there is a large scar at the base of the trunk on my large stewartia. Stewartia with dieback on the trunk Trunk detail There a number of options for addressing the dieback, each with their pros and cons. The simplest option is to simply ignore the wound and show […]
Refining an old tree and repositioning the branches with guy wires.
For the last few years, I’ve been working to increase the health and vigor of a stewartia bonsai. As of this year, the tree is strong enough for regular spring maintenance – cutback and leaf pruning. As you can see in the photo below, the tree’s large leaves shade out the interior branches. If I […]