Luminous Fruit 11/24/12

Is this a persimmon with exotically shaped fruit? Aside from the luminous fruit, beautiful antique looking little pot and distinctively twisted trunk, it’s also hard not to notice the spots on the leaves. No matter, I still love it.

Katsumi Komiya. I found these images by Katsumi Komiya on facebook. I’m traveling right now, so I can’t verify this, but I believe Mr. Komiya appears in an old Bonsai Today issue. I’ll check out my back issues when I get home and let you know.

If you’ve ever tried to grow fruiting bonsai, you know that getting such perfectly healthy, beautiful fruit to grow and stay on your little trees is no mean feat (birds, wind, insects and other problems will surely conspire against you). Especially on such small trees (Shohin bonsai) like the ones shown here.


Another very sweet little tree with luminous fruit and a great pot. I think I can say with complete confidence that it’s a crabapple.


Another little gem in a great pot. Looks like a quince. The size of fruit brings up an interesting point; you can dwarf leaves by defoliating, allowing the roots to become pot bound, etc, but you cannot dwarf fruit on an individual tree (you can dwarf fruit genetically, but that’s another story). Thus the very large fruit on a very small tree.


Another quince? At a glance I though those little red things were fruit, but now, on closer examination, I’d say they look a lot like little quince flowers.


Most def another crabapple in yet another great pot. The tiny tree makes the two little apples seem huge.


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3 thoughts on “Luminous Fruit

  1. Very nice Shohin and Mame bonsai indeed Wayne. I’ve purchased many pots from Mr. Komiya and Shofuen, he has very nice taste. In this post, I believe we see a Daisuke(persimmon), a Tofukuji(flowering quince), Gekkou(Chinese quince) and Teruko Tsuji.

  2. So, is there a how to book/photo book on fruiting Bonsai? These are great examples for us aspiring wanna-be’s. Every quince I try, I kill. I try apricots by throwing the seeds in the garden, letting them grow for a couple years, pot them, and they die after a few months. My olives done this way are surviving though, and I dug up an apple sucker I am trying. These pics are great motivation to keep trying. Thanks…

  3. I have NEVER seen a fruiting bonsi…I didnt notice the spots until you mentioned…Japanese artists always draw those types of leaves….and example and symbol of imperfection…….I love the Japanese!

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