The Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi, has long been one of our favourite bonsai species here at the nursery and the Dunkeld larch behaves in a very similar way.
The tree is a hybrid with the parents being Japanese larch and European larch. It features the sort of vigour typical of all hybrids. It first originated in Dunkeld, Scotland, in about 1895 and has become an important forestry tree.
This example is pretty much basic raw material of the yamadori, or wild collected kind. There has been some branch selection done and some deadwood creation also. Development and creation of branching is the way forward with perhaps a decision taken regarding the apex choosing either the left or right hand options as the continuation of the trunk. The trunk has a pretty good surface root spread for collected material at 18 cm. across, above this the trunk diam. is 6 cm. and there is already a lot of interesting character in the trunk with that created shari a feature. The tree is currently 62 cm. in height with branches extending to 60 cm. The plastic bonsai training pot measures 35x27x9 cm.