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.
More redwood bonsai
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.
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.
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
Corkbark black pine
Mendocino pygmy cypress – 23 years
White pine – 30 years
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.
Shimpaku – front
Deadwood from the front
From the back corner
And this was the surprise.
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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