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.
It is really curious how some photos just do not do justice to trees, I actually think that this is a much nicer bit of raw material, collected from the wild, than the photo indicates. Yes it is a simple piece and just at the start of it’s bonsai life but there is plenty of potential there. It is 43cm. high with a branch spread of 38cm. Across the base the trunk measures 5cm. Where it has been reduced in height there has been some rudimentary deadwood creation to ” naturalise ” this. It is planted in a rectangular plastic training pot 29x20x7cm. Grow and prune the branches to make a bonsai that is essentially your own creation.