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.
Whilst this example has been a bonsai for many years and has certainly had some shaping done on it previously, it had been allowed to grow un-checked for some time prior to us acquiring the bonsai. We think it will have been originally created from yamadori, or wild collected material probably from the UK . The bonsai has very recently been re-styled by the very talented Willowbog enthusiast known as Caz.
The tree exhibits loads of character with some deadwood in the form of jins, great old bark and excellent taper and movement in the trunk. Across the root buttress the measurement is 14 cm. and above that the trunk diam. is 6 cm. The bonsai has a height of 63 cm. and branch spread of 54 cm. Already a good tree imagine how much better it can be with more compact and dense foliage areas which is largely achieveable with time and pruning. The pot is a rectangular plastic trainer 42x33x10 cm.