The Rhododendron genus which includes the plants commonly referred to as Azaleas, is large, numbering over 500. Most frequently seen as bonsai from Japan are the evergreen Azaleas, which in themselves are numerous, further sub-divided into countless named cultivars.
This example of an Azalea bonsai is a species not known to us but as it is not an imported tree it will likely be one of the many dwarf species used by the European horticultural trade, often sold as indoor plants. The previous owner asserted that it exhibits tiny flowers. Whilst being, at 30 cm. in height, well over the shohin category measurement, it nevertheless feels quite like a shohin bonsai to me. The nicely mature branch structure extends to 33 cm. across. For a ” home ” produced bonsai it has quite a nice root base that is 8 cm. across at soil level. Where it emerges from that the trunk diam. is 2.2 cm. Well ramified as they are the branches for a good platform for the annual flowering which, in a normal year, would be May/June. Also, which ever species or variety this is we can be sure that it is an evergreen. The pot is a nice quality Japanese glazed ceramic 20x16x6 cm. A nice bonsai that will add valuable variety to a spring/early summer bonsai display.