Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is one of only three conifer species native to the UK and as such is perfectly suited to our climate and growing conditions making it very suitable indeed for bonsai material.
It has growth characteristics that actually make it great for bonsai and it has become our favourite pine species with which to work over recent years in particular. As raw material it is available from a wide range of sources including tree nurseries, garden centres and there some amazing trees that are obtained from the wild (yamadori) from right across Europe and these trees often feature natural deadwood giving bonsai the immediate impression of age so desirable in good bonsai.
This is a very old tree, indeed it has been a bonsai for a long time, possibly as long as forty years. It was part of a bonsai collection that we bought in the north of Scotland many years ago, we sold the tree but purchased it back a short time ago. Following a period when the tree lost vigour we grew it a few seasons in an over size container and now that it has fully regained strength it is ready for reshaping. A feature of the bonsai is that it is growing over a piece of rock and it is our view that this is how the original owner and creator collected the tree all those years ago in Scotland. The tree exhibits all the characteristics that you would expect from an aged Scots pine. Strong surface roots, craggy bark, mature branching and a full canopy. Refinement of branches is the next step. Across the base the trunk measures 8cm. Overall the tree is 80cm. in height with a branch spread of 70cm. The pot is a nice Chinese, unglazed rectangular ceramic 43x34x9cm. A great opportunity to get a bit of Scottish bonsai history.