The Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi, has long been one of our favourite bonsai species here at the nursery.
Although of course not a native species it has long been grown in the UK having been introduced as essentially a forestry tree back in 1861. It is a very hardy species with good bonsai characteristics. Grows very well in our climate and is quick to develop as bonsai responding well to all bonsai techniques. We have sold this species over a more than 20 year span in the form of complete raw material through to specimen quality bonsai. It is always a good tree to start beginners with as it is so easy to look after. It is a type of tree where some deadwood is often appropriate to a design, it responds great to hard pruning and is quite straightforward to wire especially when done in the dormant period when needles are absent because it is one of the few deciduous conifers.
In this example of raw material collected from the wild there has been only some very basic work done to set the tree on a bonsai path. It clearly has a very simple existing branch structure which must be extensively developed, but the trunk has a really interesting basal section that it 6cm. across above the root flair. Overall the tree is 40cm in height with branches 42cm. across. There has been some basic deadwood creation carried out at the trunk top to counter the fact that the material has been reduced in height. The container is rectangular plastic training pot 33x3x7cm. Create a bonsai that is essential all your own work with this raw material.