The Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii is one of the classic Japanese bonsai subjects.
The species is native to Japan and Korea and in the wild grows into a splendid large tree and is one of the most important timber yielding trees in Japan, despite that it lends itself very well to bonsai use and many of the best pine bonsai in the world are P. thunbergii. It was first introduced to the UK in 1852 and can be seen in many pinetums. Examples of imported bonsai are likely to become both harder to acquire as well as more costly.
This is without doubt an imported example and is of very good quality. It is a very usefully sized chuhin bonsai with a height of 40cm. The well created branch structure extends to a width of 38cm. All that is needed at the moment is refinement of the fine branching into defined pads. The very impressive trunk not surprisingly for a quality Japanese bonsai exhibits a good nebari, [ root spread ] that is a full 20cm. across at soil level, above this the typically well barked and heavy trunk is 10cm. in diam. It is a good example of well created Japanese bonsai. The pot is Japanese kobeware ceramic 31x23x9cm.
We have recently refine styled this tree as the new photos show.