Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi

£145.00

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 in the Literati or Bunjin style of bonsai. It is likely that the tree was originally wild collected and has been developed from that raw material. It meets pretty much all the criteria for the bunjin style, a slender, tapering trunk and most of the branching in the upper third of the tree. Quite elegant in that simplicity. The bark is just starting to exhibit the typical aged look of the species. There is some surface roots that anchor the trunk to the soil visually. Further development of secondary branching and ramification will help the maturity of the image. The bonsai has a height of 68cm. and branch spread of 40cm. the trunk diam. at the base is 4cm. and the surface roots are 8cm. across. The plastic bonsai training pot measures 35x24x5cm.