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 from Spain and shows the characteristics that make this sort of yamadori so suitable for bonsai. Natural deadwood features, craggy aged bark , interesting trunk movement , slender flexible branching etc. This tree is 45cm. in height and across the base the trunk measures 8cm. Branches extend to 60cm. There is the potential to create further interesting deadwood features from the remains of the redundant and truncated roots on the right hand side. In this example the needle clusters are already growing on fairly short twigs which makes creating a compact branch canopy that bit easier. The tree is planted in a round plastic training pot 49x19cm. and growing well.