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Trunk chopping a mulberry?

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 3:42 pm
by seanchai
Has anyone ever trunk chopped a mulberry? For that matter, do mulberry make "good" bonsai? I've seen pictures of collected mulberries, and everything I've read indicates that they do fairly well, but it doesn't seem to be a popular tree to bonsai outside of the Japanese variety, so I'm not sure if that's a case of people not realizing they *can* bonsai them, or if there's some pitfall I'm not aware of.

My mother has a 20 year old mulberry that sprang up naturally at the end of her driveway. It grows like a tree possessed, and she wants to get rid of it - I've fallen in love with it and would be really sad to see it go. Thus, I'm playing with the idea of turning it into a bonsai. I haven't been able to find out whether mulberries take well to trunk chops, though, and I don't want to get over my head with this... there are no immediate plans to get rid of the mulberry, so I can (and will) wait until early next spring to do what I want/need to do in terms of collecting, chopping etc.

Just looking for information at this point.

Edited to add: Forgot to mention - since this tree is about 20 feet tall, I assume I'd have to do things in stages - presumably chop first, leave it in the ground (so it can recover), then collect the following spring? Also, I realize this is a huge undertaking to even consider, given the size of the tree and how long it has been there. Not even close to sharpening my tools for this one, just wondering if it's even feasible.