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Our Ulmus parvifolia (Elm-tree) got Dutch elm disease

Our beautiful Ulmus parvifolia or Elm-tree in The front garden compartment is again partly affected by Dutch elm disease (DED). Well that is to say most parts that survived the previous attack. In July 2011 we had to remove some heavy branches because they had lost all leafs in mid-summer. Although substantial damage, the tree […]

Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size

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Most of the solitary trees need one major annual treatment of pruning and trimming for shape and size. After 12 years in our garden, most trees ar some 15 to 17 years of age and have now reached the right size and often the right shape. It is in particular the shape that can […]

Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree pollarding and thinning

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A previous post was named Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree prunning and was about interim pruning. This post is about the annual pruning, in particular topping and thinning to retain the desired size and shape. This is also called pollarding, the annual removal of all of the previous year’s growth, resulting in a flush of slender […]

Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree prunning

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At the left side of our Tsukubai in the front garden grows the Ulmus parvifolia “seijn” (elm, top of photo). It is trained in the “twins” (sokanshitate) style. The robust trunk has a very thick flacking cork-like bark even when the tree is very young. This in combination with the very small leathery, lustrous […]