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This unpretentious dwarf quince can steal your heart. There are many who have gone to Japan for the spectacular pines, junipers, maples and, only to discover the quiet but memorable Chojubai. Those “many” including some friends of mine and myself. This post is a little longer than most because Chojubai is so little known in the West, and frankly, I think it deserves better. Also, waiting at the end of this long post is a question …
Chaenomeles japonica ‘Chojubai’ is a cultivar of the relatively thick Japanese flowering quince. Few plants for bonsai can match their contrasting qualities: idiosyncratic, branching steep and twigging, with rough bark and older, adorned with bright flowers almost contradictorily ruby. Flourish especially when leaf in winter, so a sense of bright life lend themselves to bonsai courtyard when everything else is boring. The details are small, shiny leaves about 1/2 “long and flowers under 1” wide. There are several variations of flowers including white and red, although almost all Chojubai used for bonsai are red flowers, since the variety has the best twigging.
The story of this tree in Japan is interesting … At first, it appeared Chojubai commonly as a small accent plant in the Kokufu shows forty years ago, like a twig unramified or two. Only rarely is seen as a primary tree in the mid-size category, and never in large size. It was a second tree level. Then something changed. Around 1990, we started seeing large Chojubai in Japanese shows. These were the trees of 1-1.5 feet tall and twice as wide, with concentration and highly branched multiple links. Occasionally individual trees trunk, which are rare, were not observed. In Kokufu book 80, about six years ago, two Chojubai won awards Kokufu. Two years later in the book won another 82. Chojubai had reached the age of majority.
Chojubai branch facility has been improved with training, creating dense forms of intense complexity. The largest single part of the Chojubai is the natural eccentricity and unexpected angles and directions on the branch, which usually are encouraged, as they represent the special flavor of this variety. If this were a plant trained in music, that music would be jazz.
If you have a Chojubai, you’re lucky. Keep it moist. But plants in deeper containers to avoid situations soggy. If you have a young plant, he puts it in a large pot with the formation of large size land mix for a few years, so have some energy to manipulate. Keep the sun. Use a pesticide when the shoots are elongating to control aphids. wire main branches sprout from the base of several logs and cut and grow after that. This is not so much to create taper branch, as there will be little of that, but for the short, zigzagging and erratic branching only created by many years of work scissors. Cut in June one to three entrenudos only refined trees, leave extensions in younger plants to develop trunk. Always remove immediately sprouts emerging from the ground that they do not intend to use as logs, older areas will weaken. There is more to it, but it will help you get started.
After all those words and photos, there is no hiding that I’m totally besotted with Chojubai. Ah well. Other personal secret offering the globe. But I have a curiosity wondering if these images stirred-if any photography you can stir-loving words Chojubai raised in myself and others are lucky they have seen in person. I imagine that many of you have never seen before Chojubai. What do you think? Something you would like to see more of?
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2011/12/22/chojubai-quince-diminutive-jewels/