Picea abies, Norway spruce, is a native of northern and central Europe but was introduced into the UK way back in about 1500. It grows very well in this climate and is generally quite easy to make into bonsai.
It is the commonest member of the genus in general cultivation and has in it’s time been an important commercial forestry tree as well as being very familiar as a Christmas tree. Like any tree that has been under cultivation for a long time it has given rise to very many named varieties of all shapes and sizes. Some of the dwarf forms are good for the shohin and even smaller size class of bonsai.
We think that this part styled bit of raw material has great potential in the right hands. It almost certainly is from garden or nursery origins and the chunky trunk suggest some age. The key is going to be arranging the branches convincingly around that characterful trunk with the already roughly created jin and other deadwood features. At the moment it might suggest a windswept style but I suspect that those branches could be moulded into another shape altogether. This chuhin category tree is 43cm. in height with a branch spread of 40cm. At soil level the rootage is 18cm. across and above that the trunk is 6cm. in diam. The pot is a Mica plastic bonsai trainer 29x20x8 cm. A great project tree of a nice compact size.