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 chuhin size larch has been nicely created by a previous owner. Presumably from wild collected material is is developing well. A branch structure made up of appropriately girthed branches will be improving as it grows, heavy at the base getting progressively thinner as you go up the canopy. The trunk also features what looks like a naturally created deadwood area of shari although this is currently at the rear of the tree as designed, the trunk also tapers quite well . Some re-alignment of foliage pads might work well but of course the existing front is not set in stone and could be altered. Lots of nice things about this bonsai not least it’s size at a height of 40cm. and branches spreading to 38cm. the trunk diam. at it’s base is 5cm. The pot is a Chinese, rugged unglazed round ceramic 31x7cm.