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 of a very well styled Scotty will certainly have been created created from wild collected material, most probably from Scotland. The bonsai features mature branching which is well furnished with secondary branching and ramification. No time needing to be spent in this case concentrating on increasing branch girth to achieve the appearance of and old tree. In fact as the bonsai is sort of literati or Bunjin in style it is more likely to be a case of slowly reducing the foliage and making it more compact, a relatively straightforward job with this species. The trunk features pretty good bark character and a small amount of deadwood. It is quite an elegant tree I think. It has a height of 90cm. and a branch spread of 80cm. The surface roots are 21cm. across at soil level and above this the trunk diam. is 8cm. The pot is a plastic bonsai trainer 50x42x15 cm.
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