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.
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