Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi

£65.00

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

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Description

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 deceptively simple example is hard to place in any particular style of bonsai, indeed, it has had minimal shaping done since it was collected by a previous owner. There has been some basic deadwood created to disguise elements of the original tree that were removed. There is lots of work to be done in branch creation in all areas of this small tree but then that is a simple task with this easy and quick to grow species. Not well shown  in the photo is the makings of a decent root buttress [ nebari ]  just below current soil level. The bonsai has a height of 45cm. and branch spread of 20cm. the trunk diam. at the base is 2.5cm. and the surface roots are 8cm. across. The plastic bonsai training pot measures 30x21x4.5cm.