Growing a Yoshino Cherry trunk

Here is a cherry tree growing in the ground to become bonsai.  Eventually.

This Yoshino flowering cherry was a volunteer in our yard in ’05.  Here are a few shots over the years.  Soon, it will be ready to move into a bonsai pot.

In ’07, we moved, so the tree spent the year in a training pot.  A branch was wired to add movement to become the new leader.  Notice how far behind it lags in growth, compared to the unwired branch next to it.

During the ’08 growing season; second year in the ground.

After the ’08 growing season.  The wired shoot is clearly stunted compared to the other new leaders.

Spring ’10, heavy root work later caused the large root at the 6:00 position to die back to the trunk.

During ’11 growing season; the crack developing is the root at the 6:00 position in the photo above.  It will become a good shari, and add some character, but that was not the plan.

The cherry will get one more year in the ground to develop one more section of trunk and some further taper, then it will be moved into an oversized container for branch development. Alternately, it may get to stay in the ground for a few more years to allow some of the deadwood to scar over.  Large areas of shari weren’t the plan, but sometimes you get to work with what’s provided and the results are better than the original vision!

2 thoughts on “Growing a Yoshino Cherry trunk

  1. So did you wind up choosing one of the unwired leaders? Do you think the wiring alone was what stunted that branch, or could it have been position as well? What does the wiring do that slows growth other than injuring the cambium?

    It looks to be a healthy booger, lots of nice flat roots!

    Does it bloom yet?

    1. I’ve seen several instances where a wired leader lags behind another shoot, and maybe the injury to the cambium and the constricted sap flow slows them down.

      I did not keep the wired section, so it ended up being a waste of time (each time I tried it). I ended up keeping the section that grew behind it, and only about 3″ of it.

      The root pad is flat, but a portion died back, but hopefully it was just localized to that spot, and can heal over or become a feature.

      No flowers yet, but all efforts have been to adding sections of trunk, it’s not a surprise.


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