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.
This tree will have been collected in Scotland as raw material for bonsai. It has a fairly substantial trunk which measures 9 cm. across above the surface roots which are not bad for a collected tree. There is deadwood feature that could be refined half way up the trunk on the right-hand side. It is 58 cm. high with branches spreading to 64 cm. The primary branch structure comprises already quite heavy branches. The secondary branching has been arranged in rather too large pads which would benefit from separation with wire and more numerous and differing planes of foliage created in the process. Then further ramification will help to create a mature image to the canopy. It is planted in a Japanese unglazed ceramic rectangle 47x35x12 cm.