The Quercus or Oak genus is a large genus of mostly large trees, maybe as many as 370 species world-wide.
In the UK we tend to be a bit parochial about our oak , indeed it is long lived and can make a magnificent tree that is valuable for it’s timber, but world-wide it is just one of many. There is one other native oak species the Q. petraea or Sessile oak which is typically found in the wetter west and north in the UK.
In parts of Southern Europe in particular some absolutely outstanding bonsai are being made from a hand-full of evergreen oak species that differ significantly from our Q. robur.
It is worth having in a bonsai collection if for no other reason than it’s iconic status here and some really outstanding bonsai have been made from the species despite in not being ideal in some respects.
I find something quite attractive about this rather quirky clump style oak. Certainly it is as yet rather simple and basic but more branches will develop to give a more mature look. It is from wild collected material and so far has only had a bit of obvious branch selection done. It a genuine clump style bonsai with, as yet, very slender trunks. Leaf size will reduce the longer it remains bonsai and more ramification is developed. It is 63cm.in height with a branch spread of 45cm. At soil level the clump base is 6cm. across and the trunks about 1cm. in diam. It is planted in a plastic bonsai trainer 35x24x6cm.