The Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) should perhaps really be called the Chinese honeysuckle as it is a native of western China.
However, it has been grown in the UK since its introduction in 1908 and is perfectly happy in our climate and conditions. As a species it has great characteristics for bonsai. Like most plants grown mainly for hedging, it responds very well to being pruned and pruned hard if needs be. It very readily back buds all over the trunk and branches giving the option to grow new branches pretty much anywhere at any time.
This example originated in a hedge in an enthusiast’s garden and by the size of the trunk, which measures about 10cm. across at the base, could be quite old. Large parts of the plant were removed after collection which has required a little carving to “naturalise” the cuts. It already looks quite convincing but could still be further refined. The trunk is also partially hollow which adds an extra, interesting, feature. A single, good, large mature branch take the bonsai to it’s height of 58cm. and branch spread is 55m. The species is often developed as bonsai using a more topiary type approach where foliage areas are clipped into pads, on this example the single pad is maturing well and could, if so desired, be thinned out to reveal structure. It is planted in an oval Chinese unglazed, ceramic pot that measures 40x28x9 cm.