American hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Different hackberry species are found throughout the world. This one is an American variety, native to the eastern U.S. and Canada. It was purchased May, 2013 from Kuma Bonsai, San Diego. The fruits of this tree are edible and nutritious. They were an important food item for native Americans.

January 5, 2019:
The tree today.

May 25, 2013:
The tree shortly after purchase.

January 10, 2014:
I believe the base of the tree had root-grafts when I bought it. Unfortunately, I did not pay enough attention to maintaining these and they all eventually died back.

January 10, 2014:
Good start on nebari during first repotting.

February 22, 2014:
Originally this was the front side.

February 22, 2014:
Originally this was the back side because of the exposed trunk chops, but as they healed I decided the nebari had developed better on this side.

April 3, 2014:
Another option for a front would be to take advantage of the movement due to the trunk chop and new leader.

July 7, 2015:
The tree after two years. The first several years the tree lost leaves in early summer and had a second flush in mid-summer. I think this was because I didn’t water enough in spring.

August 1, 2015:
The second flush of leaves.

December 21, 2015:
The tree at the end of the year.

March 12, 2016:
Roots.

May 27, 2016:
The repotted tree in spring.

August 20, 2016:
Summer wiring.

April 29, 2017:
Spring growth.


July 7, 2017:

Leaf die-back in July. Its sudden occurrence indicated it was probably under-watered.

July 16, 2017:
Pruned and rewired, new growth.

November 5, 2017:
Good growth over the summer.

November 5, 2017:
Branch-pruned.

November 5, 2017:
Partially wired.

February 17, 2018:
Tree in winter.

February 17, 2018:
Large root mass.

February 17, 2018:
Reduction of root mass.

February 17, 2018:
Tree in a new pot.

June 30, 2018:
Spring-summer leaf growth after repotting.

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