One of the standout trees at American Bonsai Society, Sacramento’s, recent exhibit was an old Korean hornbeam.
It’s a great example of a tree with an unusual feature that provides interest – in this case, a long, straight branch with a big bend.
While straight branches are rarely encouraged, their presence doesn’t necessarily detract from a tree’s overall presentation.
A tree on the quite curvy end of the spectrum was a root over rock Japanase maple.
Root over rock maple
Much more massive was the Sierra juniper below.
Seeing these trees together underscores how many different styles and varieties were present in the exhibit. In stark contrast to the large Sierra juniper, a literati-style red pine sported a long, slender trunk.
A big fish of a stone represents one of the exhibit’s suiseki.
“Tsuru” – to fish
Japanese five-needle pine
White flowering bonsai
Texas cedar elm
Even an orchid made it into the hall.
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