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 little piece of raw material has great potential. It is collected from the wild and shows a number of interesting characteristics. The only work carried out so far has been a bit of rudimentary deadwood creation from the main pruning scar where the tree was reduced when collected. Although it is currently 30cm. in height we think that following shaping the bonsai could easily end up a nice compact shohin size example. With branches spanning 38cm. there is plenty of scope the create and image that the new owner visualises. It is 4cm. across at the base of the trunk. The plastic bonsai training pot measures 24x17x7cm.