Axel Erlandson and The Tree Circus

Erlandson was born in 1884, the son of Swedish immigrants. He raised beans in Central California near Turlock. There, Inspired by observing a natural graft between two sycamore trees. (inosculence) He began to shape trees, by planting in specified patterns; then pruning, grafting and bending them. This began as a hobby for the amusement of himself and his family.

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