Dynamic Bonsai – Korea Exhibition 2

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Does this dynamic tree say something about Korean bonsai style? Maybe, maybe not, though I have notice several Korean trees that share a similar feel.

This post is the second of a series on the recent Korea Bonsai Artists Exhibition. The photos were taken by Mu Jong Park and posted on facebook. The trees aren’t identified, nor are the artists or owners,  so for the second day running, I’m breaking my New Year’s resolution not to post unattributed bonsai. But I have my reasons (see yesterday if you care).

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parkpineThis cascading pine looks like it was once a large tree that was cut down to just above the first branch. You might image that it was originally dug from the wild, or perhaps even a garden. No variety is given.

 

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Another Chinese quince (see yesterday) and a rather dramatic one at that. Though I've seen it before, I find the way the fruit is just stuck on the tips of a few twigs to be a little strange.

 

 

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A clump style tree that reminds me of that dynamic and wild quality mentioned above. I won't bother to guess the variety. Nor will I both to guess what those to two things sticking up are

 

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Vertical bonsai. Again there's that wild feel.

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A little more conservative in style and shape, but still a great tree.

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I like the nebari on this one. Because of the reddish bark, at first glance I thought it might be a Stewartia, but no sign of exfoliation. So your guess is as good as mine (or maybe better than mine)

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The twist

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Uniquely Korean?

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Mu Jong Park in his workshop

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Korea Bonsai Artists Exhibition

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In addition to the strong trunk and nebari, there's so much dynamic and expansive movement with this tree. The fruit looks like what you might find on a Chinese quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis) and the tree could certainly pass, so quince is a safe guess. I don't know who the artist or owner is

This post is the first of a series on the recent Korea Bonsai Artists Exhibition. The photos were taken by Mu Jong Park and posted on facebook. The trees aren’t identified, nor are the artists or owners, so I’m already breaking my New Year’s resolution not to post unattributed bonsai. However, I think I deserve a pass… we know where the photos are from and who took them and we also know that Mu Jong Park is a bonsai artist in his own right, rather than just some guy posting unattributed bonsai all willy-nilly. Best of all, these trees provide a good look at what’s happening with Korean bonsai

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This strong tree with its two-toned bark looks like it could be a Japanese black pine. But don't take it to the bank, it's just another guess

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I don't know if this is Yew (Taxus), but it looks a lot like it could be

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The bark and something about the overall appearance look like this one might be a Japanese maple

 

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It's hard to tell where the rocks end and the trunks begin on this monster. Is it a Chinese elm?

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Bonsai Island Paradise

stone41Though it's not really a bonsai if it's in the ground, this one is a very close cousin. This photo and all the photos in this post are from Stone Garden.

Continuing with our Korean bonsai theme. This one is from our archives (April, 2014). Tomorrow we’ll return to the Korean Bonsai Artists Exhibition

The bonsai shown here reside at a place called Stone Garden, on an island just south of Korea and due west of Japan’s Kyushu Island. The island’s name is Jeju and judging by the photos, it’s a rather magnificent place, with warm enough weather for plants that are almost sub-tropical and cold enough to support temperate zone plants (perhaps like Oregon’s Willamette Valley).

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Is this a Trident maple? Whatever it is, it's a bit of a break with convention to see such a stout tree, let alone a stout deciduous tree in a drum pot

 

I'm going to guess that this is a Japanese black pine. Mostly because it looks like one. The tree to the right with the flowers looks like a Crape Myrtle, which happens to be a zone 7 plant.

 

Stone Gardens is much more than just a bonsai garden. If you are interested, there are numerous photos that show off some luscious landscaping and great stone sculpture.

 

Do you think that all the trunks (nine?) on this wild tree are supported by the same roots?

 

A very distinctive tree with it's huge base and dynamic lines

 

An unusual tree. The wood and its hunched over look imparts a feeling of centuries of rough weather and other wild hardships, while the lush foliage suggests an easier life with abundant nutrients.

 

Jeju-do is a volcanic island located 130 kilometres off the southern coast of South Korea. It is the country’s largest island, smallest province and home to its tallest mountain, Halla-san, a dramatic-looking dormant volcano that rises 1,950 metres above sea level. The people of Jeju have developed a culture and language that are distinct from those of mainland Korea, and the island is famous for its matriarchal family structure, symbolized by the haenyeo (“sea women”), who make a living from deep-sea diving to harvest marine products.

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A Celebration of American Bonsai

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Coming sooner than you think! The 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition is the premier North American celebration of bonsai. The one event you don’t want to miss

If you would like to submit any bonsai, the deadline for entries is June 1, 2018 (or until the exhibition is filled). If you’re like most people and just want to be there, it’s not too soon to make your plans

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This Colorado blue spruce won the ABS North American Bonsai Award at the 5th U.S. Exhibition. It belongs to Todd Schlafer

The following is from Bill Valavanis’ Exhibition website
“The world bonsai community will once again be enriched by the display of bonsai gathered from across the United States at the 6th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition, September 8-9, 2018, in Rochester, NY

“Like Japan’s Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, people from around the world attend the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions to appreciate and study the diversity of the unique and distinctive species displayed by accomplished bonsai artists from across the United States.

“Towering bonsai from the Pacific Northwest, rugged bonsai from the Rocky Mountains, and tropical bonsai from the Southern swampy regions will be displayed alongside weathered bonsai from the Southwestern deserts and refined deciduous bonsai from the Northeast.”

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Immigrant species are welcome. This Japanese black pine is also from the 5th U.S. National Exhibition. It belongs to John Kirby. You can find it and over 200 other distinctive bonsai in the 5th Exhibition Album. We still have some albums from the 4th Exhibition as well (1,2 & 3 are sold out, and according to Bill, there are no plans to reprint)

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Naturally Dramatic Bonsai

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A particularly dramatic and complex Pemphis acidula. Not that Pemphis don't tend to be dramatic anyway, but this one is almost unrivaled. It was collected and styled by Gedemerta. Height 82cm (32").

Continuing from yesterday with more bonsai by Gedemerta, we’ll borrow a few photos from our archives (June, 2015). 

All but one of the trees here are Pemphis acidula which has to be one of the most naturally dramatic trees in the world. It’s a safe bet that they were all collected from the wild. In fact, it might not be too far fetched to assume that Pemphis bonsai only originate in the wild, though I don’t know this for a fact.

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pemmainHere's another Pemphis acidula that was styled by Gedemerta. It belongs to H.N. Holiq Effendi. Gedemerta titled it Snake Dance (I know of at least one other Gedemerta bonsai called Snake Dance). It's height is 57cm (22.5"). I don't know how hard Pemphis wood is and how difficult it is to keep the deadwood from rotting, but it looks like it has been treated with lime sulfur.

 

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This one is a Premna mycrophylla. It's 33cm (13") high and judging by what I've seen over the last few years, Premna  mycrophylla is one of the two most prevalent Indonesian bonsai varieties (the other being Pemphis acidula).

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We've got Snake Dance above and now we've got simply Dance. It's another Pemphis acidula. 37cm (14.5"). The leaves look a little larger than the other Pemphis shown here. Almost like a Buttonwood (Conocarpus). I just tried to find this tree at BonsaiBali to double check, but it didn't turn up.

 

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Pemphis acidula on a rock with a camouflaged small hut.

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An Old Bonsai Favorite

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If you know Gedemerta's bonsai, you'll recognize this as one of his many Pemphis acidula. The rough bark, preponderance of deadwood and the tiny leaves give it away

The photos shown here are from an old favorite of ours, Gedemerta Bonsai Bali. Though I just discovered these (on facebook of course), I also just noticed they date all the way back to 2012, so they may be familiar to some of you. In fact, at least one of them has been shown here on Bark (the Barbados cherry, but with a different pot) and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more than one.

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Another Pemphis acidula

 

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Gedemerta call this Sakura, which is most likely the Indonesian name for Malpighia pendiculata (Barbedos cherry).
 

malpigiaSame tree, better pot. From a post we did two years ago. Even though this photo is from two years ago, it's more recent than the one above. 

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I find the background a little distracting, but still, a great tree. Gedemerte says it's a Picus, but I think that's a typo (or an Indonesian word for Ficus). The leaves look like Ficus as do all those arial roots

 

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No name give with this one, but judging by the bark and the leaves, it could be a Premna mycrophylla

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The Old Master Gedemerta in serene contemplation. From a post we did in April, 2016

Blazing Bonsai – An Embarrassment of Riches

teamapleThis blazing bonsai is a prize-winning Shishigashira Japanese maple from a Peter Tea post on the 32nd Annual Taikan-ten bonsai exhibition in Kyoto.

This photos shown here are lifted from a December 2012 Bark post titled An Embarrassment of Riches. In addition to the trees, there’s a special bonus offering below…

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reelHere’s what Matt Reel has to say about this tree: “This Japanese Red Pine has such a broad apex it makes me giggle to myself at times. However, one might feel a little tipsy with all that leaning movement if there was a little dainty apex instead. This tree has been wired 3 times in the last few years by three different artists in this order: Omachi Isao, myself, and most recently by Tyler (Tyler Sherrod). We also call it the ‘never ending tree’ because it seems impossible to get the balance just right.” My only comment is I thought the tree was much smaller than it is. Until I saw another photo that gives it away.

 

bjornTied in knots. This lush Shimpaku juniper with its knotted trunk is from the Bjorvala Bonsai Studio's gallery. All of the bonsai featured in the Studio's gallery were styled by Bjorn Bjorholm.

 

pyra-500x351I found this sweet little tree with its equally sweet little pot on Bonsai in Japan. I'm not sure what it is, but the berries look a lot like pyracantha.

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Fancy Bonsai Flowers

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This Chojubai Dwarf Flowering Quince belongs to Michael Hagedorn. I took the liberty to crop Michael's original photos for a closer look at the trees (all 4 uncropped versions are at the bottom of the post).

It has been a while since we visited Michael Hagedorn’s Crataegus Bonsai, one of our favorite destinations and a reoccurring presence here on Bark.

Anyway, it’s always best to let Michael speak for himself (from December 26th)… “A couple weeks back we photographed all the Dwarf Flowering Quince ‘Chojubai’ that were looking fancy, as they all decided to bloom at the same time this year. Which is not textbook Chojubai, but it happened.

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Here's what Michael's uncropped originals look like (here's your link for the full sized versions)

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Bougainvillea, before and after by Suthin Sukosolvisit. I'm not sure how much time elapsed from before to after, but given that Suthin lives in a cold climate and Bougainvillea are tropical and semi-tropical plants, my guess is at least several years.

Trying to find time to get outside today, so we’ll resort to our archives once again. This one features one of our all time favorite bonsai artists, Suthin Sukosolvisit. It originally appeared here in March, 2015. As usual, I’ve made a few changes. Here’s your link to Suthin’s original before and after post 

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Before. Could this be the same Bougainvillea as the one below? 

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After. Looking forward to seeing it in bloom

 

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A powerful, freshly defoliated Willow leaf ficus. Over the years I can’t help but notice how much Suthin favors Willow leaf ficus. This photo is from facebook.

 

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Same tree, nice apple

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Futher Willow leaf ficus evidence. The photo (by Joe Noga) is from Suthin’s website.

 

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Suthin may be best known for his Shohin bonsai displays. BTW, that’s another Willow leaf ficus bottom left. Like the photo just above, this photo is also from Suthin’s website and was also taken by Joe Noga.

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Before & After – Antes y Despues

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Before and after Itoigawa juniper (Juniperus chinesis 'itoigawa') by David Benavente. It helps to start with a magnificent tree. Still, this takes nothing away from the considerable skills of an artist like David Benavente. In fact, bringing a great tree back to shape and taking it to the next level is one of the things that defines a highly accomplished bonsai artist.

Sticking with our reoccurant Before & After theme, today’s Itoigawa juniper is one of several remarkable Before & Afters  (Antes y Despues) that David Benavente posted several years ago. By the way, if you’re confused about the difference between Shimpaku, Kishu and Itoigawa, here’s something from Brian at Nebari Bonsai that should help.

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Like I said, it helps to start with a magnificent tree

 

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One of changes that stands out, is the way the crown has been refined and lowered; exposing more of the remarkable 'flaming' deadwood above and also framing and drawing your eye to the powerful swirl of deadwood in the center of the tree.

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