Amongst the deciduous tree species with which to do bonsai European beech, Fagus sylvatica, is one of the best, particularly if you are thinking of native tree species.
Very hardy and easy to grow the tree responds great to bonsai techniques and develops quickly as bonsai. Several examples are to be found in the nursery’s private bonsai collection. It is found both as a planted tree and growing wild throughout the UK. and is developed from both nursery stock of all ages as well as wild collected material.
This large tree is almost in the windswept style though perhaps equally an informal upright . Further development could take the bonsai more in either direction. It measures 80 cm. in height with branches spreading to 60 cm. It has a pretty good nebari [ surface root spread ] for a UK created bonsai and we suspect that a previous owner carried out a layering process to get the nice spread of roots around the trunk which measures 8 cm. in diam. above those roots. The tree exhibits a good branch structure which can be improved upon by developing more ramification which is essentially a grow and prune exercise. The nice Korean glazed rectangular ceramic is 42x32x8 cm.