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 outstanding example has been created from yamadori collected in Spain. It has recently been beautifully styled by one of the nursery’s most experienced and talented enthusiasts. It features both natural and created deadwood features. One of the most sought after characteristics of pine bonsai is a strong feature of this tree, that is aged bark, there is no way to tell how old this tree is but the image shouts out ”age” Unusually for wild collected trees the bonsai has a strong nebari or root spread, in fact if you like pine bonsai there is not much not to like about this example. It is 54 cm. high with a branch spread of 56 cm. Above those surface roots the trunk measures 10 cm. in diam. It is potted in a nice quality Chinese unglazed oval ceramic that is 44x38x11 cm. This bonsai would grace most collections.