Pinus peuce or Macedonian pine is one of only two five needle pines native to Europe, the other being P. cemba. P. peuce is found in the Balkan peninsula and was first introduced to the UK in 1864. It is quite rare as a bonsai subject although the evidence from this tree is that it is quite easy to keep and develop in the UK.
The characteristics are somewhat similar to the much more familiar P. parvifolia, the Japanese white pine which is a classic bonsai subject amongst that countries trees. Indeed, this is the only P. peuce that we have ever seen as bonsai and it is certain to have originated from garden material or a garden centre or nursery. It is grown by the horticultural trade for garden and landscape use. It would be interesting to know if bonsai enthusiasts are collecting this species from the wild in the Balkans.
We purchased this example from a local enthusiast who was reducing his collection a while ago but it has only very recently had a re-styling carried out by well known Willowbog stalwart Caz and she has made a typically excellent job of it. The trunk has a lot of character, good movement from top to bottom and reasonable taper, the bark is showing the sort of character typical of the species in age. There are a couple of small jins but the real beauty of this bonsai is the trunk and the beautifully arranged, mature branching. The height is 78cm. and branches spread to 82cm. The soil level root mass is 23cm. across and the trunk diam. above this 9cm. The pot is a decent quality Chinese rectangular unglazed ceramic 45x32x17cm.
There cannot be many bonsai in the country of this species, certainly not of this quality, I am pretty sure that we will not get another so don’t miss out on this chance to add to your collection.
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