This is Malus ‘sargentii’. I have been working to build branching more than worrying about flowers and fruit. It has flowered each year, but this is the first year fruits have remained on the tree. Here is a shot from early November, with some fall color and the drying crabapples remaining.
The branching structure is still coarse but improving.
For the first time since it’s been in a bonsai pot, this shohin crabapple, Malus sargentii has set a couple fruits. Very exciting, and thought I’d better get a few photos while they’re still on the tree. It’s been a nearly 5-year wait, and the red fruits look really nice against the blue glaze drop on the Roy Minarai pot.
I will be taking a few weeks away from posting, but plan to get back to it in late September.
I wired this little crab in April as the new growth was emerging. It’s branches thicken up pretty quickly, and become stubborn, so wiring green shoots is the best way to ensure some movement. April 9:
Just under 7 weeks later, the wire was just starting to cut in:
The tree has 4 apples growing this year, the first time fruit has set since I bought it back in 2016 or ‘17.
I also pruned it back to a nicer shape, but didn’t want to go hard enough on it that the fruits may fail…we shall see if I accomplished that objective.
If the tree continues to grow, it will be cut back to 1-2 nodes throughout the rest of the growing season. The result should be primary branches with 2-3 bifurcations, each with their own tertiary branches. and with the present height at 7 1/4” tall, I still have a little room for growth to keep it within the 8” height guideline for shohin bonsai