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#ProgressionThursday - Zelkova Bonsai


Happy Thursday to all the PeaceLoveBonsai readers! Here's hoping you all had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Today, a progression of a zelkova tree that I originally purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation.


After receiving the tree, I planted in my grow box. If you look closely, you can see the price I paid, $6.50. Not bad!


Spring 2016

Ground Growing Zelkova Bonsai
Zelkova amongst the Strawberries

Spring 2017

Growing Strong in year 2

In March of 2018, I decided to try my hand at creating a zelkova broom. I cut the top, pulled up the tree and placed it in a grow box.


March 2018





Unfortunately, the zelkova only grew from one side. At this point, my dream of turning this into a broom was pretty much dead. I debated whether to chop again and try a broom lower on the trunk, or keep the tree as it was and grow as an informal upright.

Significant Dieback

As you can see, I decided against another chop and let the tree grow mostly unattended until now.


December 2020 - A Little Fall Color

December 2020 - Before Work:


December 2020 - Styled and Wired

Zelkova Bonsai Informal Upright

Next spring, I hope to find a pot for the tree. I'm thinking a blue glaze to match the yellow fall color? Not sure, what do you think? Let me know down in the comments and be sure to let me know what trees you are working on this winter.


Until next time, PeaceLoveBonsai!








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