More Cedars: From Our Friends Up North 8/14/10


Northern white cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) by Paul Chong of the Toronto Bonsai Society.

Friend out west?
Two of the three cedars in this post are by Paul Chong. Though there are several other notable cedars on the Toronto Bonsai Society’s website, Paul’s jumped out at me. And, incidentally, Toronto is actually west of Vermont, not north.


Another of Paul’s powerful collected cedars. Only Mother Nature (with a little help from a deft hand here and there) could accomplish something this spectacular.


This one belongs to Bob Wilcox. Though it lacks the magnificent sharis of Paul’s, there is something natural and earthy about it that I like.

Speaking of Canada…
…I’m leaving for Nova Scotia today for a quickie vacation. Nothing to do with bonsai, just family, friends and that always enjoyable Canadian hospitality. However, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some of those magnificent cedars.

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4 thoughts on “More Cedars: From Our Friends Up North

  1. Hi Mike,
    It’s not easy, but sometimes people do sell trees like these. Bonsai clubs in the Northeast, Great Lake area and Canada might be a good place to start. Or, you could just start with google and and see where it takes you. Any one else out there have any ideas?

  2. Check ebay daily. sometimes people sell the most incredible stuff cause they need rent money or something. They dont want the tree goig local cause they dont want their friends to know they sold it. Also, develope friendships with some of the usual bonsai sellers there and they will soon start to give you deals on “the good stuff” they might not usualy sell.
    Ive got some great material that way. Be persistant and ask around. Its only a matter of time before you get a chance to purchase a masterpiece(or potential). It will cost you, though.
    Also try If you live in a major city, just do a search for bonsai. In Los Angeles at least there is often some nice stuff.

  3. I remember Paul Chong from 20 years back when I was a member of Toronto Bonsai. He stood out then as a rising talent. Great job Paul.

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