The Fraxinus or Ash family of trees is extensive and the species are characteristically fast growing and tolerant of windy areas as well as certain amounts of city pollution. Our native ash makes a large, magnificent tree in the landscape and produces valuable timber. Winter buds are distinctively black.
Just a little challenging as a bonsai subject with the growth habit not easily producing fine ramification but certainly quick and easy to grow, it is native so it likes living in the UK even as a bonsai.
Now here’s a quirky sort of bonsai if ever I saw one, it doesn’t follow many of the accepted bonsai design rules but I find it really interesting. It is developed from wild collected material and has been a bonsai a year or two now. Only nature could create a somewhat contorted trunk like that ! It is starting to get it’s own kind of branch structure now and as the photos show supports quite a lot of leaf growth this year. The bronze tinge to the leaves is typical of newly emerged ash leaves, it is only just out, it being one of our latest trees to leaf out in the spring.
The tree is chuhin in size with a height of 29cm. and the overall width of the bonsai is 40cm. The odd rootage is 13cm. across at soil level and above that the trunk 6cm. in diam. The tree is planted in an old Chinese oval ceramic pot 26x19x9cm. Something for your collection if you like native trees.