Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi

£295.00

The Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi, has long been one of our favourite bonsai species here at the nursery.

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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.

I think it fair to say that this larch bonsai has been styled as a windswept tree, and very effectively so I would say. It is a little over chuhin size with a height of 55cm. and the bonsai is 40cm. wide. No need, I think , to increase either height or width but maybe get a few more fine branches on those existing primary and secondary branches, not a lot , the image doesn’t want to end up too heavy. It will have been developed from wild collected material and has a decent looking root base given that origin, it is 9cm. across at soil level and above tis the trunk diam. is 4cm. Hopefully the photos will show some decent aged bark beginning to develop on the trunk. A really nice smallish bonsai that is very healthy and strong. The good quality Japanese oval ceramic pot measures 30x24x6.5cm.