Graft scars


Several years back Uncle Pete showed me how to propagate using cleft grafts. This is a quick and inexpensive way to expand the number of select cultivars in your collection. It does have 2 major drawbacks when used for bonsai material. One, nasty scars and two, different bark characteristics.

Here are a few examples:

Ogon 1 yr‘Ogon’ grafted onto standard Dawn Redwood at 1 year. Fresh cut ready to be sealed.

Ogon4yr ‘Ogon’ grafted onto standard Dawn Redwood at 4 years. Notice the scar has been covered over by bark but their is a noticeable collar. Also notice the color difference between the scion and rootstock.

Ogon5yr ‘Ogon’ grafted onto Dawn Redwood at 5 years. Notice the collar is a little less prominent but there is still color difference. These are landscape trees and have grown much faster than bonsai stock. This tree is now about 8 feet tall.

Kotobuki3yr ‘Kotobuki’ grafted onto standard Japanese Black Pine at 3 years. Scar is quite visible and collar is quite noticeable. The bark is pretty similar.

Kotobuki15yr‘Kotobuki’ grafted onto Japanese Black Pine about 15 yrs. Notice the swelling where the graft was placed. The bark is similar. This tree will need to be air layered in a few years to be suitable material for bonsai.

Ara Kawa 3yr ‘Ara Kawa’ Japanese White Pine grafted onto Japanese Black Pine at 3 years. Scar very prominent and the bark is completely different. This tree will also need to be air layered to be suitable for bonsai.

JM15yr Japanese Maple about 15 years old. This is a landscape tree. Professional nurserymen are not to concerned about the scars left by grafting.

As you can see grafting is an inexpensive way to propagate trees, however they will most likely need to be air layered to become suitable bonsai material.

Have Fun!

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