Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris,

£295.00

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.

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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 example is a piece of raw material that originated from a tree nursery or a garden centre. All that has been so far is to prepare the tree to become a bonsai, that means, obviously unusable branches removed, long branches shortened and it was recently possible to pot the tree from it’s training container into an appropriate bonsai pot, this normally potentially hazardous operation has very successfully been accomplished as the photo showing the large healthy growing buds will show. A small amount of rudimentary deadwood has been created which could be extended and refined if so desired. All that is required is to identify a suitable style, maybe informal upright, windswept even to go for something a bit more radical. Then get on with shaping the branches, always a fairly straightforward exercise with a pine and one that is not too big being in the chuhin category. The bonsai has a height of 52cm. and a spread of 56cm. At soil level the trunk diam. is 9cm. with surface roots [ nebari ] nearly 20cm. across. The unglazed Chinese ceramic pot measures 33x28x7 cm. There is a large chip on the underside of the pot rim but at the back and really not noticeable at all. This is an excellent project tree.