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 now very mature looking example originates from raw material collected locally by ourselves over 20 years ago. It was sold soon after to a Willowbog regular who, with help from one or two visiting bonsai professionals, I cannot recall who unfortunately, started the tree on a bonsai path and guided it for several years. We then got the chance to buy back the tree, now a part styled bonsai and almost immediately sold it on another Willowbogger who kept and refined it with our help for a lot of years. It came back to us a year or two back when the owner re-organised his collection in favour of slightly smaller bonsai. The trunk hollow-carving and shari was done many years ago to add aged character to the trunk. Since then the rapidly ageing look to the bark quality has added to that interest. The slanting style was in part down to the natural angle of the trunk buttressing and roots but in of itself adds interest to the design. The branching now features very mature, complicated and well ramified structure giving that really mature look to the bonsai. The tree has a height of 63cm. above soil level and a branch spread of 72cm. The powerful buttress is a full 28cm. across at ground level with the trunk diam. above that of 10cm. The hand made unglazed ceramic pot is a rounded corner rectangle that measures 44x38x10cm.
Bonsai like this are only ever available out of enthusiast’s collections.
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