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Deciduous and broadleaf bonsai at REBS’ 30th annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 6, 2013

I’m always happy to see flowering and fruiting bonsai at exhibits. Maybe I appreciate the contrast – or maybe I’d simply like to see more of these trees in my collection. Either way, flowering and fruiting bonsai sprinkle a show with color and provide good variety.

Pyracantha - 30 years

Pyracantha – 30 years

Ilex serrata

Ilex serrata

Japanese snowbell - 10 years

Japanese showbell – 10 years

Although not in bloom, two great satsuki azalea made an appearance.

Satsuki azalea, korin - 30 years

Satsuki azalea, korin – 30 years

Satsuki azalea, kozan - 35 years

Satsuki azalea, kozan – 35 years

Variegated varieties can also provide contrast to the usual green at exhibits, like the trident maple below.

Trident maple - 42 years

Trident maple – 42 years

Accent

Accent

Corkbark elm

Corkbark elm

Alder - 104 years

Alder – 104 years

Ginkgo

Ginkgo

Wisteria - 20 years

Wisteria – 20 years

Chinese quince - 42 years

Chinese quince – 42 years

Accent

Accent

I really appreciate the signs indicating time in training as this can be fairly unguessable to untrained eyes.

Escallonia - in training since 2012

Escallonia – in training since 2012

Corkbark elm - in training since 1996

Corkbark elm – in training since 1996

Korean hornbeam

Korean hornbeam

Deciduous tree

Shohin

Zelkova

Shohin zelkova

Olive

Olive

Chinese elm - 13 years

Chinese elm – 13 years

Accent

Accent

Deciduous tree

Deciduous variety

Trident maple - 35 years

Trident maple

Pomegranate - 42 years

Pomegranate

Accent

Accent

Trident maple

Trident maple

Pomegranate - 79 years

Pomegranate

Vine

Vine

Accent - lewisia

Lewisia

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Conifers at REBS 30th annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on September 3, 2013

For those of you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s annual show – as you walk in the front door, you’re greeted by redwood bonsai on the left and on the right.

Redwood

Coast redwood

Redwood

More redwood bonsai

Redwood

Large and small redwood bonsai

It’s fitting for the club to lead with their namesake variety. Inside the main doors lie even more redwood bonsai nestled among a great mix of varieties.

Coast redwood - 36 years

Coast  redwood

Shimpaku - trained since 1996

Shimpaku – trained since 1996

I’ve included variety names and age or years in training as indicated on the displays and have guessed at the rest.

Juniper

Juniper

California juinper

California juniper

Black pine

Black pine

California juniper - collected 2004, styled 2012

California juniper – collected 2004, styled 2012

The prostrata below was one of my favorites at the show. Good deadwood and strong movement in a compact tree is hard to find.

Prostrata juniper - 70 years

Prostrata juniper – 70 years

Corkbark black pine

Corkbark black pine

Japanese white pine

White pine

Western juniper

Western juniper

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Mendocino pygmy cypress - 23 years

Mendocino pygmy cypress – 23 years

White pine - 30 years

White pine – 30 years

Juniper

Juniper

Spruce

Spruce

The shimpaku below is well known to REBS visitors. I’ve included a few shots from different angles to offer a better idea of what the tree is like in person. One of these views revealed a surprise.

Juniper

Shimpaku – front

Juniper deadwood

Deadwood from the front

Juniper

From the back corner

And this was the surprise.

Juniper

View from other back corner

If you look at the base of the trunk, the tree appears to be floating, or held aloft by narrow runners. Such a delicate view of the trunk would not make a good front for the tree – it was a smart decision to select a side that hides the gap.

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Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 30th annual show

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on August 30, 2013

I’ve often heard, and likely repeated, that the most important part of a bonsai is the trunk. An impressive trunk shows character and age. It establishes movement and sets the foundation for whatever style the rest of the tree follows. I would be hard pressed to identify good bonsai with mediocre trunks.

I found myself appreciating the trunks of a number of trees on display at last weekend’s Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 30th annual show. REBS is well known for hosting the largest exhibit in Northern California, if not in the entire western US (anyone know of a bigger exhibit?). Such size allows REBS to display trees of many different sizes and varieties.

As you browse the photos of trunks below, see if you can guess the variety, the size, and the style of the bonsai to which they belong. Some varieties are easy to guess, others less so. The size and style of the tree can be trickier. Can you guess them all? Any surprises? Click on the images to see the rest of the tree.

trunk

Trunk #1

trunk

Trunk #2

trunk

Trunk #3

trunk

Trunk #4

trunk

Trunk #5

trunk

Trunk #6

trunk

Trunk #7

trunk

Trunk #8

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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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