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 example is an old bonsai and the tree exhibits really aged looking bark. The trunk has an impressive base with interesting surface roots , trunk diam. is 10cm. Overall the tree is 63cm. high with a branch spread of 37cm. The tree must have had a period of neglect in its past to have lost some branching, for a tree of this age you would expect a more dense structure. However, it is growing well now and the old looking trunk is well worth spending a bit of time on to rebuild branching. It is potted in a Japanese unglazed ceramic rectangle that is 38x27x10cm.