Six Sweet Little Trees

kk4Here's a rather famous dwarf Princess persimmon that we've shown several times over the years and is still worth another look. Aside from the luminous fruit, distinctive little pot and the twisted trunk, it's also hard not to notice the spots on the leaves. No matter, it's still a sweet littl tree.

If you’ve ever tried to grow fruiting bonsai, you know that getting healthy fruit to grow and to stay on your trees is no mean feat (birds, wind, insects and other problems will conspire against you). Like yesterday the images in this post are all from Katsumi Komiya’s facebook photos.

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Another sweet little tree with luminous fruit and hand-painted pot. I think we can say with confidence that it's a crabapple.

 

Another little gem in a great pot. Looks like a quince. The size of the 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 large fruit on a such a small tree.

 

Another quince? At a glance I thought those little red things were fruit, but on closer examination, they look a lot like quince flowers.
BERRIESMAIN2I recognize this type tree, but just can't remember the name.  Katsumi's caption says simply "Mayumi," which is a common Japanese girl's name that translates as truth or beauty.
Another crabapple in yet another great pot. The tiny tree makes the two little apples seem huge.

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Elevating the Bonsai Experience

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There's a lot to like here. The obvious part is the perfect little tree itself (looks a lot a Japanese five needle pine) and, in addition to other outstanding features, there's the way the moss and lichen seamlessly tie the trunk and soil surface together, enhancing the feeling of age. There's also the cleaned and polished pot and stand and the professional quality photo that elevate the whole experience.*

The photos in this post are all from Katsumi Komiya’s timeline and I’m  reasonably sure the trees are all his, though I can’t verify this. He doesn’t identify them all, but we’ll do our best. By the way, this is our forth post featuring Katsumi Komiya’s bonsai.

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Just spent about 15 minutes googling around, trying to identify this tree, but no luck. Maybe you know what it?

 

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A close up of the fruit and leaves

 

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Here's another one I'm not sure of, though the bark and shape of the tree might suggest Zelkova

 

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Another little Japanese white pine

*So many photos of bonsai on social media are poorly staged, with little attention to detail, so it’s good to see the occasional high quality photo

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Which Pot Would You Choose?

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Because this is such an exceptional tree, it would look good in almost any pot. And the pots you see here are no exception. But does it look even better in one of them?

This post stands squarely in our venerable tradition of borrowing Which Pot? posts from Boon Manakitivipart. The tree is a Shore pine (Pinus contorta) that Boon is getting ready for Bay Island Bonsai’s 19th Annual Exhibit. If you’d like, you can chime in and offer your choice in the comments on our facebook timeline. Or you can visit Boon’s.

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Pot 4

 

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Pot 3

 

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Pot 2

 

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Green T Bonsai Monsters

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Just in case you think your monster bonsai is too big for a Green T Hydraulic Lift Turntable... The following is the caption for this photo (from G T's site)... "Matsuda san is the new entry in the Masahiko Kimura Bonsai family and her page Kimura’s home Bonsai has already gained world recognition." And of course Green T is an important part of Kimura's workshop (see below). BTW, the tree looks like a Japanese five needle pine (Pinus parviflora)

A  Green T Turntable will change the way your work on your bonsai and enhance the results… and you’ll enjoy the journey 

For some of you, spring is only a matter of weeks away. And even those of us who have to wait until April for the ground to thaw, can dream and plan ahead. And what better dream than working on your trees with a Green T?

And by the way, we’ve got two models now. In addition to the Green T Basic model we now offer the New Green T Plus.

 

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That's famous bonsai artist, Kunio Kobayashi on the right, getting ready to tackle his monster demo tree at last year’s World Bonsai Convention. And yes, that's a Green T not even straining to hold the behemoth up.

 

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Tree just above, after. I don't know how long it took, but because it's a demo, it must have been done in less than a day. Many hands make light work

 

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The famous Masahiko Kimura with his demo planting sitting on a Green T Plus at the World Bonsai Convention. 

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Even though this is a poorly doctored photo, we have it on good authority that Sumo wrestlers like Green T Turntables

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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