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.
At a height of 38 cm. this example is in the chuhin size category. It is an old bonsai which has had very little refinement done in recent years. It is nice as it is but the overall image could certainly be slightly modified to get a more pleasing silhouette. The branches are 44 cm. at the widest. The root spread at soil level is 16 cm. and above that the trunk diam. is 5 cm. The close up of the trunk shows how the bark is beginning to age very well which adds to the impression of an aged tree. The pot is a nice Korean unglazed oval ceramic 29x23x8 cm.