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.
We think that this example has a great deal of potential. It has been created from yamadori or wild collected material and shows a number of distinctive bark and trunk characteristics that often are found in such trees. It has both natural and created deadwood as well as flaky bark, all adding to the impression of age. There has been significant shaping of branching although more remains to be done of course. The tree offers more than one possible options for a front as illustrated by the photos I hope. It is 56cm. in height with a branch span of 50cm. Just above those interesting surface roots the trunk is 7cm. in diam. Currently planted in a Mica training drum pot that measures 32x7cm.