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 quite rare example of the species well created in the shohin size class. Clearly from wild collected material it nevertheless exhibits a pretty good root base which measures 7 cm. across at soil level. Above this the trunk diam. is 2 cm. The bonsai is 19 cm. high with a branch spread of 21 cm. , so well within the shohin category. There is nice movement and taper to the trunk with plenty of branching . It is slightly over potted in a Chinese glazed ceramic 25x18x5 cm. A useful addition to shohin compositions.