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.
There is something that I find quite attractive about this admittedly somewhat quirkily styled example. The two quite separately arranged foliage areas are in fact each quite well developed branch structures. A nice bonsai could be created using either one on it’s own on that trunk although I would personally keep it more or less as is. Maybe a bit more definition in each of the two areas. The base of the trunk is starting to develop interesting bark. The bonsai is 62 cm. in height with a spread of 46 cm. The trunk diam. at the base is 4 cm. The plastic bonsai trainer is 36x25x5 cm. Unusual enough to be a talking point in your collection.