Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

greenman28 NorCal 7b/8aNovember 25, 2009

Long story short....

the owner of a local restaurant gave my brother this tree for his birthday. When my brother got it home, he snapped these crappy pics with his cell-phone and sent them to me, with the question, "What is it? What should I do?"

I told him to Give it a good funeral :-)

Of course, I also told him to put it outside and wait...but not to expect much.

The pics aren't very clear, but some of you folks might be familiar with this tree. Small, toothed leaves like an Elm (ulmus).

Thanks!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Ulmus parvifolia - Chinese elm.

Al

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 2:10PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, Al.
I appreciate the quick response.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 5:41PM
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Jack Reynolds(9)

Quite right, it is a Chinese elm. It looks to me like it is going dormant and should be ok if it is left outside and kept damp. Jack

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 8:27PM
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bamboo_turtles

That's a really nice elm !! DO NOT " give it a funeral " that would be such a waste of a nice plant . Give it a major haircut , cut all the dead branches off , place it outdoors in either shade or semi shade . Keep watering it as long as it has green leaves .

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 10:52AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Josh - I know you didn't ask, but if it was my tree, I think I would stick it in the ground until it regains some vitality (unless it really is just shedding leaves in prep for a winter's rest), then layer it off just above the existing root system & make a fat little broom out of it by utilizing about 4-5" of that nicely curving trunk after the top chop.

Al

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 12:24PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I'll see if I can talk my brother into bedding this one in the yard for the winter. Because this plant has been inside of a restaurant, I imagine that it's vitality is low...

This one will be a project. I'll take some proper pics as the season nears, and perhaps you can guide me through the layering process.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 1:46PM
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ryan_tree(7aVA)

Air layering is so easy. I've never done it with an elm though. But this is a really nice tree and I am so jealous :p

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 9:40PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I would ground layer that particular tree.

Al

    Bookmark   December 1, 2009 at 2:07PM
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