Sumo Olive – Which Bonsai Pot Would You Choose?

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Boon's caption for this reads... "Selecting pot for sumo Olive — with Adair Martin" I like the tree and the pots, though there's one pot that jumps out at me. But I'm not saying, at least until we hear from you.

Boon Manakitivipart (Bonsai Boon) is at it again. This time you have a choice of six pots for a tree that he call a Sumo Olive (I don’t think Sumo is an official varietal name, more like a well chosen description that some bonsai enthusiasts like). If you’d like to play, please put your choice (or choices), along with your thoughts if you’d like, in the comments on Bonsai Bark in facebook (rather than our blog, where we can’t take comments due to relentless spam).

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Pot 1

 

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Pot 3

 

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Pot 4

 

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Pot 5

 

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The Right Place at the Right Time

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That's a lot of deadwood, but you can see the living vein just peeking out on the far left. Here's what Bill Valavanis wrote about this remarkable tree... "Sargent Juniper created by Minoru Akiyama who received the coveted Prime Minister Award a few years ago at the Sakufu Bonsai Exhibitions for professional bonsai artists. Here it is displayed under the owner’s name."

This is our third straight Kokufu post. As with the previous two, all the photos were taken by Bill Valavanis. I feel a bit lazy sometimes, borrowing so liberally from Bill. It’s just that he and his camera seem land in the right place at the right time
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Crape Myrtle!

Can you believe this is a Crape myrtle?

I guess I can justify my pilfering by linking to Bill’s blog and encouraging you to visit . It’s a journey worth taking. Speaking of, I’ll also encourage you to come to the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition this September. It’s Bill’s brain child and it’s the one don’t miss bonsai show in the country.

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This monster is a Japanese maple. You might notice how the trunk almost completely fills the pot

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Bill doesn't say, but I think Japanese five needle pine (Pinus parvifolia) is a safe guess.

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Another Shimpaku juniper. All the wood is fluid. Nothing straight, except maybe a couple tiny jin sticking out

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The light background washes out the white flowers. Still, we can see enough to be impressed. I'm going to guess it's a Crab apple, but don't take it to the bank.

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Sekka Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparus obtusa 'Sekka'). I've long  been a fan of Hinoki for bonsai and landscaping, but I'm not that familiar with Sekka. Here's link to something Bill wrote about this variety

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More Kokufu Bonsai!

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I borrowed this bonsai that belongs to American Doug Paul and rest of the bonsai shown here from Bill Valavanis. They represent a very small sampling of the photos Bill has taken so far at the ongoing 92nd Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition.

Today is my first day back from vacation and as you know, no vacation goes unpunished, so we’ll make this short and sweet. Five more Kokufu photos borrowed from Bill Valavanis.  Stay posted, we’ll show you some more, including some prize winners. Meanwhile a visit to Bill’s blog might be a good idea.

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Great ramification on this root-over-rock maple.

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Nice nebari

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Bird's eye

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It’s Kokufu Time!

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It's Kokufu time! I borrowed this Root-Over-Rock Trident Maple and rest of the bonsai shown here from Bill Valavanis. They represent a very small sampling of the photos Bill has taken so far at the ongoing 92nd Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition.

Today is my last full day of vacation, so we’ll make this short and sweet. Five Kokufu photos borrowed from Bill Valavanis. As always Bill’s tireless efforts to keep us clued in to the world of bonsai are appreciated. As is his trained eye.

Stay posted, we’ll show you some more when we get home, including some prize winners. Meanwhile a visit to Bill’s blog might be a good idea.

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This looks a lot like a Kimura planting.

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Quince flowers!

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Old Bonsai Bones

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We Borrowed this Hackberry from a 2017 Kokufu post on Bill Valavanis Bonsai blog.

As soon as I return from vacation later this week, we’ll show you some photos from this year’s Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, which just begun yesterday. Meanwhile, we’ll stimulate your interest with a few photos from last year’s exhibition (borrowed from  Bill Valavanis’ excellent bonsai blog)
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Bill offer the varieties on some of the trees, but not this one. I could guess Japanese maple, but my track record isn't that great. Meanwhile you might appreciate the powerful nebari and the exquisite fine branching.

One advantage of winter shows is the absence of leaves on deciduous trees. A great time to see the structure (bones) of a tree. Not only the entire trunk from top to bottom, but all the branches (primary, secondary, tertiary etc) all the way out to the finest twigs.

KOKU7Perfect timing. No name given and no leaves yet, but several of Bill's photos show berries or flowers.

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Shishigashira Japanese Maple

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More berries

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Flowers this time. Chojubai Japanese Flowering Quince

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Bonsai Elegance from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

art2I've never been to the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, but if the elegance of the display shown in this photo is any indication, maybe I should start saving my yen.

Continuing our Omiya Bonsai Art Museum theme and still on vacation so we’ll also continue borrowing from our archives (with a little value added today). The three photos shown here were part of a post that appeared in May, 2012.

goyoJapanese five needle pine (Goyomatsu) from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum's gallery. Japanese five needle pines are also called Japanese white pine. The Latin is Pinus parviflora, or sometimes Pinus parvifolia. The Japanese goyo is five needle and matsu is pine
Can't resist all this color. One more photo from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. You might notice that all three panels show bonsai

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Ume Flowering Bonsai with Sabamaki & Uro

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An old Ume from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. Aside from the flowers, buds and aged bark, you might notice the hollowed out trunk (sabamiki). And if you look closely you can also see several uro (small hollows that are left on deciduous trees where branches have rotted and fallen off... though bonsai uro may well be man made).

Still on vacation, so once again we’ll dig into the deep riches of our archives (while continuing with our Omiya Bonsai Art Museum  theme). This one is from July 2012 (with a little present tense editing).

Ume have several names: Prunus mume (or just Mume), Japanese apricot (or sometimes Japanese flowering apricot) and Chinese plum to name the most common. In the bonsai world, Ume seems to be the name of choice.
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Though it's a little difficult to see, this Ume features some deadwood (shari) on the trunk. You usually see deadwood on conifers, as it tends to rot fairly quickly on deciduous trees. However, Ume deadwood rots slowly, so the shari on this tree appears natural (you can preserve deadwood for a long time with lime sulfur... this is one reason you see bonsai hundreds of years old that still have prominent deadwood).

Ume is an Asian native and even though they make great bonsai, for some reason not many nurseries grow them here in North America (Muranaka Nursery on the California central coast is one exception). As far as I know, they aren’t that difficult to grow as bonsai and they have numerous positive traits: they show the appearance of great age while still fairly young (due mostly to rugged bark and rapid thickening), they combine graceful elegance and tough looking ruggedness, and offer a striking display of buds and flowers late each winter. Altogether a noble candidate for your bonsai collection.

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Ume trunks and branches often display graceful, fluid motion. This distinctive feature is one more reason that Ume make such great bonsai.

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Dramatic Multi-Trunk Bonsai – Koyo Japanese Tools

juniper-bonsai-rock-omiyaThree robust Shimpaku junipers on a stupendous rock. From the Omiya Bonsai Museum via Bonsai Empire.

Continuing our Omiya Bonsai Art Museum theme (with the rock planting above; the rest of the photos are from various other places). I’m in the middle of a two week vacation, so it’s back to our archives. This post (with a few minor changes today) originally appeared here in August 2015

 

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That's Ryan Neil's hand posing for a professional photo with a one of the largest single rock, root-on-rock plantings you'll ever see. Here's his caption: "In the studio today with @hornbecker shooting for the Artisans Cup promotional material." He doesn't say what the tree's are. If you'd like to see the uncropped original with more Ryan, it's here.

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Great planting, great rock, great pot.Bonsai Empire's caption says "Buxifolio Bonsai forest, planted on a rock, by Luisa Alfaro." The Buxifolio part is a bit of a mystery. Buxifolia (with an a) is a species name, but without the genus, it could be any number of things. The leaves look tiny, so we'll try Neea buxifolia.

 

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I borrowed this photo from a Bonsai Tonight post on Penjing. As usual, I'm impressed with the choice of material and the quality of photos on Bonsai Tonight and this one is no exception. For more detail, there are several very good closeups just a click away.

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Koji’s Little Trees

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I love this little tree. It may not be Koji Hiramatsu's best effort (you can judge for yourself from the three little pines shown here, or you can visit Koji  - see below), but there's something about that gnarled little trunk that I like

Returning to small trees in Japan, it’s three of Koji Hiramatsu’s pines today.

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Directional Deadwood

nicolaA bit of a jumble up top, but still a very compelling tree. It belongs to Nicola Kitora Crivelli. Looks like a Shimpaku juniper.

Taking a little vacation, so we’ll dip into our archives. The photos shown here are from a July 2015  post. I’ve rewritten the text due to changes in perspective that happen over time.

 

jin1Going down? This one is a Southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis). It belong to Greg Brenden. The photo is from the 2010 2nd U.S. National Exhibition Album (out of print but we still have the 4th and 5th).

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jin2Going up? This one is an Eastern red cedar that's really a Juniper (Juniperus virginiana). It belongs to Juan Calderon. The photo is from the 2008 1st U.S. National Exhibition Album (out of print).

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