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Impressive broadleaf bonsai at REBS 29th annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 7, 2012

I was very impressed by the broadleaf and deciduous bonsai on display at REBS’ recent show. These often difficult to develop and maintain bonsai are in great shape – strong evidence of good bonsai care.

The trees are also evidence that broadleaf bonsai can be powerful.

Bougainvillea - about 45 years old

Bougainvillea – about 45 years old

Korean hornbeam - about 73 years old

Korean hornbeam – about 73 years old

As it’s getting late in the season, most, but not all, of the deciduous trees were in leaf. A pair of tridents offered a view of each approach.

Trident maple - about 82 years old

Trident maple – about 82 years old

Trident maple - about 35 years old

Trident maple – about 35 years old

Other tridents were quite a bit larger.

Trident maple - about 80 years old

Trident maple – about 80 years old

Trident maple

Trident maple

Trident maple - in training since 1980

Trident maple – in training since 1980

A pair of live oaks showed two approaches to styling oak.

Cork oak - about 30 years old

Cork oak – about 30 years old

The oak below was one of my favorite bonsai in the show. The trunk has a good root base, good movement, good taper, and good age.

Cork oak - in training since 1966

Cork oak – in training since 1966

As always, the show included a good mix of varieties – some common, like satsuki, others less so, like dogwood and pepper. Variety can add a lot to an exhibit, and it can make larger exhibits like this one feel less overwhelming.

Satsuki azalea - about 37 years old

Satsuki azalea – about 37 years old

Dogwood 'Cornelian Cherry' - in training since 1990

Dogwood ‘Cornelian Cherry’ – in training since 1990

California pepper

California pepper

Twisted Pomegranate - in training since 2008

Twisted Pomegranate – in training since 2008

Ume

Ume

Ume - trunk and moss

Ume – trunk and moss

Cork bark elm - about 30 years old

Cork bark elm – about 30 years old

Pryacantha - in training since 1991

Pryacantha – in training since 1991

Of course, I’m always a sucker for fruiting and flowering bonsai – thanks, REBS, for including these!

Crabapple - in training since 1998

Crabapple – in training since 1998

Tamarix - in training since 2012

Tamarix – in training since 2012

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  1. Alex said, on September 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    That Trident maple — the sixth tree from the top (3rd Trident) — looks very similar to the Trident maple at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington D.C. A picture of the tree on the museum’s website here: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/VirtualTours/BonsaiVirtualTour_26.html#Slide

    Thoughts? ;-D


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