Though any Kokufu bonsai might work to lead with, there's something about Quince flowers... Here's Bill Valavanis' caption: A small size Toyo Nishiki Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo Nishiki’ with multiple colored flowers. Although red, pink and white blossoms are common for this great cultivar, I’ve often seen red branches grafted onto specimens to improve color distribution.
Getting a late start today, so I’ve decided to take the easy way out and show you some photos that we originally featured in February 2015. They are all from the 2015 Kokufu Bonsai Exhibiton and were lifted directly from Bill Valanis’ blog, Welcome To My Bonsai World.
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I've got a soft spot for short muscular trees. Especially short muscular trees whose scarred bark and hunched stance that tell a story of hard times and harsh conditions, while lush foliage and vibrant strength tell a story of better times and full recovery.
Another Quince ("Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis, created from air layering the top off another bonsai"). No flowers this time, bit plenty of action nevertheless. At the risk of stating the obvious (and once you've gotten past the tree's sheer compact power), you might notice the exfoliating bark. Not to mention (but to mention) that most amazing pot.
We could have titled this post Quince and Kokufu. Like the tree just above it's a Pseudocydonia sinensis.
Not a quince, but a Japanese grey-bark elm (Zelkova serrata).
You might get the impression that Kokufu is mostly about deciduous bonsai, but I don't think that's really the case (though winter is a great time show off these beauties in their leafless splendor). This one with its massive nebari could only be a Trident maple.