In the above picture you can see the trunk of a very thin two year old silver birch seedling that is the focus of this post. It was self sown in the yard of the house I was previously renting and came from a mature birch growing in another part of the premises. I was surprised that it took root in this rocky ground but after two years of continued growth with no help from me I decided this was a hardy specimen that could cope with the demands of being bonsai material. I had to move house that autumn so in October I took a big chance and excavated it from the rock and put in a pot of free draining soil.
Very little pruning was done over the three years, just plenty of feeding.
I didn’t get round to any pruning of the top before the close of day but will do that asap and take it back to a skeleton framework for a future bonsai. The lowest branch was originally a sacrifice branch but I’m now unsure as to whether to keep it as a twin trunk or maybe even chop the straight trunk and keep the sacrifice as a new leader. I love the better movement offered by the sacrifice branch. I’ll decide after a while of studying it.