Lodgepole pine, P.contorta is a western North American species but has been happily growing in the UK since it’s introduction in about1853 by Jon Jeffrey. It has mainly been used in commercial forestry but lends itself quite well to bonsai use.
It is a very hardy tree and quite easy to grow and develop as bonsai. We have used the species on and off over most of the 27 years our nursery has been open. This part styled tree has a height of 75cm. and a branch spread of 58cm. It is in the informal upright style of bonsai. We obtained it as part of a long established collection we recent purchased with the owner giving up the hobby, so I think that it has been bonsai for quite a while. The surface roots measure 10cm. across and above this the trunk diam. is 4.5cm. The tree is starting to exhibit the typical bark of the species. The main branch structure is well developed with further growth and refinement on the ramification the way forward from a bonsai perspective. Deadwood features in a small way with two jins in the upper part. It is in a nice quality Chinese ceramic round pot 30x9cm.