The European Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo) is an increasingly familiar species to see used in European bonsai.
Very commonly we see excellent yamadori although this example actually originates from horticultural nursery stock. The tree must be quite old to have reached this size in a plastic pot. We have just done the basics to start this tree on the path to becoming bonsai.
Importantly we have established it in a Japanese origin rectangular ceramic container that measures 39x28x13cm. Other than that we have eliminated quite a number of branches not needed to design a bonsai and as part of that have converted them into jins which we then linked by shari.
This could certainly be expanded upon, maybe down the front of that massive base which is a whopping 19cm. across at soil level. From that soil level to the topmost branches is 75cm and from side to side the branches 110cm. We think that rather than starting to manipulate those branches now, the next phase should be to get vigorous growth which would then permit significant further pruning to stimulate back budding to achieve shorter branches with which to work. A great project though with a species well suited to our conditions.