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 is a nice slanting style example exhibiting good aged characteristics on both the trunk and the branches. It is in the chuhin size category it a height of 36cm and a width of 55cm. overall. At soil level the rootage is 10cm. across and above that the trunk diam. is 6cm. A bit more ramification is really all it needs. It is in a nice quality unglazed ceramic rectangle 29x21x10 cm.