Bare-Boned Beech

Beech770This tipsy planting in its curvy slab has to be one of the most distinctive deciduous forest bonsai anywhere. Like all the trees in this post it's a Japanese beech (Fagus crenata), a species prized for its brilliant white bark. 

Japanese beech, with their striking white bark and strong trunks (often with excellent nebari) are a favorite of bonsai artists, especially in Japan. Unfortunately, they aren’t that easy to find here in North America and our native beech (Fagus grandifolia) is too rangy and large-leafed to make for very good bonsai (the European beech,  Fagus sylvatica, which you can find here, is a much better bet). All the trees in this post are Japanese beech and all the photos are from back issues of Bonsai Today magazine *

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Copper colored fall leaves are another reason to like Japanese beech. A strong, well-tapered trunk doesn't hurt either. When this photo was taken this tree belonged to Sinichi Watanabe.

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Beech (and other deciduous trees) are appreciated for their bare-boned winter look, when you can see the whole trunk and all the branches all the way out to the finest twigs.

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A strange tree with its lumpy base and willy-nilly trunks/branches (and very unusual background color) is the kind of tree you might consign to the 'later' pile, or even the 'never' pile. Fortunately, some sharp-eyed person saw something worth saving.

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Good ramification is essential if you want quality deciduous bonsai. Beeches have somewhat heavy-tipped branches, so you don't see the amazingly detailed fine branching you see on some other deciduous trees. Still, this one is pretty impressive. 

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And then there are the lovely leaves.

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The beast. Here's Mauro Stemberger's caption... "California Juniper called 'the Beast' after one more step - this time we worked to make it more compact; bending down 15 inches the top and removing the lower branch. Pictures show the evolution in the last 3 years. Collection: Hank Fawcett"

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Before. Three years ago

 

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Further along. Hank Fawcett and his Beast.

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Celebrating Our National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

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This brilliant Japanese Maple was donated to our National Bonsai and Penjing Museum by Ryutaro Azuma. It has been in training since 1906. The photo is from Capital Bonsai.

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SatNBF1The sky blue pot is the perfect compliment to the light pink flowers on this powerful Satsuki Azalea that resides at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC.. There are a multitude of Satsuki azaleas cultivars. This one is a ‘Nikko.’ It was donated to the museum by Masayuki Nakamura.

 

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This photo was lifted from a Capital Bonsai post on winter silhouettes. Here's their caption: "Three point display with Trident Maple. In training since 1895. Donated by Prince Takamatsu. Mt. Fuji scroll and Japanese Blood Grass."

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This closeup highlights the shadow play.

 

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A truly distinctive tree showing off its fall colors and much more. Here’s Capital Bonsai’s caption… “Trident Maple, Donated by Stanley Chin, Age Unknown.

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115 years in training! This dignified old Zelkova serrata lives at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. It was donated by Yoshibumi Itoigawa and has been in training since 1895.

 

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Goshin by John Yoshio Naka, North America's most famous bonsai. Photos will never do it justice. It is huge, about 1 meter tall (just over 3 feet) and is so dramatic in person that it seems to vibrate with power. This photo, by Peter Bloomer is originally from Timeless Trees by Peter and Mary Bloomer. It also appears on the cover of Bonsai Today issue 93, an issue that features a tribute to the life and works of John Naka.

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American Bonsai Silhouettes

snowThis snowy American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) forest by Gary Clark won the American Bonsai Society Award for Native Species at this year's Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Our thanks to Bill Valavanis for this and the other photos shown here.

It’s a busy time around here, so with the exception of a few words of my own, this post about the recent Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo is borrowed from Bill Valavanis (though what you see here is only a small piece of what Bill presented).

I strongly urge you to visit Bill’s blog to enjoy his captivating first hand stories and insights from the event, as well as several more photos of prize winning bonsai.
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This Best of Show Evergreen is a Miyajima Japanese Five-needle Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’). It belongs to Adair Martin, from Georgia.

Here’s Bill’s comment about this prize winning Five-needle pine…
This bonsai was created well over 20-30 years ago by Mas Imazumi who grafted a few Japanese five-needle pine scions onto an ancient Lodgepole pine with aged bark and old deadwood feature. Boon Manakitivipart trained and developed the bonsai with his students and was finally refined by Adair Martin.

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Best of Show– Display. The tree is a Princess Persimmon (Diospyros rhombifolia) that belongs to Mac McAntee of North Carolina. What impressed me as much as the tree and the display is that Mac made the stand entirely of Persimmon wood.

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The award winning Persimmon Display by Mac McAntee was beautiful, well presented and distinctive. Each year he presents his bonsai according to his own taste, the way it should be. His display did not follow the classic Japanese bonsai display that avoids duplication as he wanted to feature Persimmons throughout his exhibit.

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This Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’) & Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) by Steve Zeisel of North Carolina, won the Peoples’ Choice Award

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This event is sponsored by Steve Zeisel, a bonsai hobbyist from Raleigh, North Carolina, who is also the current president of the Triangle Bonsai Society. The North Carolina Research Campus supports the event to help Steve achieve his goal.

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Setting the Record Straight

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If you think you've seen this tree before, it might be because we featured it a couple weeks ago. However, this photo is not identical to the one we used then, but is rather a photo we just received from Bill Valavanis. See if you can tell the difference (to make it easy for you, the two photos are together just below).

Bill Valavanis (our recent Hall of Fame inductee) just sent me the photo above (along with some comments – see below). The photo original photo that we used a couple weeks ago was borrowed from Micheal Bonsai (it’s the one on the top just below). The tree is a sinuous root Five needle Japanese pine, often call Japanese white pine. Either way it’s Goyomatsu in Japan and a Pinus parviflora in Latin.

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Here are the two photos close together for easy comparison. Can you see the difference? It's a little subtle for sure, but once you see it, the improvement is obvious. Hint, the improved version is the one on the bottom.
Here are Bill’s comments…
Goyo means five needles. That’s why the correct common name for Pinus parviflora is Japanese five-needle pine. It’s also called Japanese white pine in common horticultural writings in English. I wrote an entire book on this species. Since Japanese five-needle pine is closer to the common Japanese name, that’s the name I use. It came out at $10, now $650, if you can find it.
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Bill’s comments continued…
The bonsai is not multiple trunk, its a sinuous style. If you carefully look two branches or trunks have been laid down with curves to create depth. If the trunks on the ground were straight it would be called raft style. Most of the bonsai in this form are sinuous, not raft. But raft is used because its easier to say. By the way, this species is rarely used to create a forest from individual trees. The needles vary tremendously and it would be quite difficult to find two trees with the same needles characteristics.
 
This bonsai is beautiful, but I fail to see a distinctive eye movement the way its positioned in the container. The distance from the lip of the container to the first tree are the same on both sides. I don’t know where to look first, left or right. The tree was symmetrically positioned in the container. I think an asymmetrical position would improve the total aesthetic impact of this beautiful bonsai.Look at my changes. Now the tree has eye movement right to left.”

 

And while we’re at it, here’s another correction, also on a Japanese five needle pine. And also thanks to the keen eye and quick mind of Bill Valavanis

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The lead tree from our post a few days ago titled Multi Headed Monster & Other Brilliant Bonsai
When I posted the tree above, I said that it and the others shown in the same post, reside at Bonsai Plaza in Delft, Netherlands. My mistake. They live in Japan. However, in my defense it says the following on Bonsai Plaza’s site … “The bonsai webshop is online with all exclusive imported Bonsai from Japan.” So you might see where I was coming from, though on reflection, I’m not sure that either the judge or the jury are buying it.
And because I enjoyed reading Bill’s note in spite of the egg all over my face, I thought you might enjoy it too…
Bill’s comment…
By the way, those images from Bonsai Plaza in The Netherlands are still in Japan, or at least they were a few weeks ago. Check out my blog on the Genkokai Exhibit, I wrote about that literati Sargent juniper and Morimae gave us a mini-lesson on its display. So it WAS in Kyoto on November 18th. Perhaps they have super quick shipping? It belonged to a private collector too, not Morimae, who only displayed it. Don’t know where that information came from… don’t care either, just wanted you to know.”

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Brilliant Bonsai Colors by Haruyosi

haru9You don't see that many bright yellow pots. The glaze is expensive and hard to come by and the brilliance of the color can be overwhelming. But in this case the little tree holds its own. In fact, it's hard to imagine a better choice of pots to set off the the richly hued Trident maple leaves.

Yesterday one of the trees we featured was by Haruyosi, which reminded me how much I like his seemingly endless collection of Shohin bonsai. This post originally appeared November 2014. It’s one of my all time favorites

I think you could spend a lifetime browsing bonsai images and never find another bonsai artist that has a more sophisticated grasp of color combinations than Haruyosi. Not to offend other great bonsai artists, but just saying that the pot-tree choices that Haruyosi consistently comes up with are brilliant (in at least two senses of the word).
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Here's another Trident with some fall color. In this case, with more green and less brilliant red foliage (than the tree above), the more subdued yellowish pot works perfectly.

By the way…. Haruyosi makes his own pots. It’s one thing to be a highly talented bonsai artist and another thing to be a highly talented potter. And yet another thing to be both.

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Another undeniably yellow pot. In this case, I think it's the bright yellow-green moss along with the rich green, yellow-gold and reddish-rust hues of leaves (Pyracantha leaves) that allows for such a strong pot.

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This tiny pot and tiny tree present a more subtle combination of colors. The three little berries along with the look of the leaves, leave no doubt that this is another Pyracantha.

 

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Another daring choice. The luminous red/pink leaves, set off by the purple pot with strong red undertones, work its magic to perfection. The tree is an aptly named Burning bush euonymus (Euonymus alatus form ciliatodentatus).
 

 

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A little change of pace. There's a lot that could be said about this unique planting but I've said enough (accept that the tree is a wild rose). You can draw your own conclusions.

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Small Is Beautiful

 

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This little deciduous tree with its profusion of small orange fruit isn't identified, so we can only guess. Based on the fruit and the bark we'll try Crab apple. If we're wrong and you know what it is (or think you do) you can put it in the comments on our timeline.

It’s Shohin time today. All the photos shown here are from a facebook page, called, of all things… Shohin.
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We don't have to guess this time. Here's the caption... "Japanese Beautyberry on display at the 33rd Taikan-ten in Kyoto, Japan."

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Here's one that is attributed to the artist. It's a Juniper by Haruyoshi, who happens to be one of our favorites. So much so, that I'm sure  we've shown this very tree. Maybe even more than once.

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Piled up Pyracantha (Firethorn)

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Japanese white pine

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Can't tell if this Gardenia qualifies as a Shohin (no dimensions given) but either way it's great tree in a sweet little pot. Nice stand too

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There's no identification with this masterful multi headed monster, but a safe guess might be a sinuous root Japanese white pine. I took the liberty of cropping a bit. The original shot is below

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This elegant beauty with its calligraphy scroll looks like it might be a Shimpaku juniper

 

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I could be wrong, but base on what I can see of the fruit, I'll guess that this delicate little tree is a dwarf Persimmon.

 

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Mystery planting. We'll let you do the guessing this time

 

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Silhouettes

 

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The original uncropped photo

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