Chinese elms can make wonderful bonsai, with the right guiding vision. Their leaves are very small, they ramify well and they’re pliable.
Unfortunately Chinese elms all too often fall into “mallsai” category. You know, the kind of bonsai you can buy at the mall that are destined to die next week.
This tree, an Ulmus Parvifolia Yatsubusa, began its life at Evergreen Gardenworks 25 years or so ago under the care of Brent Walston. I bought it in 2015. It was clear to me right from the beginning what I wanted this tree to become.
I’ve focused right from the beginning on ramification, which is very clear in this picture. Buds are breaking already a few weeks early. The canopy hasn’t filled in yet so there are many open spaces and you can see how developed it is. Enjoy this in stereo.
This picture is a 3D stereo image. To see the 3D, cross your eyes. Or, download the image to your smart phone, drop the smart phone into your phone-driven headset and enjoy. For the best results, use Oculus Go.