Mr. Fukunaga has been growing bonsai for a long time. He gave most of the trees in his garden their start which is really something considering how far along they are. His deciduous collection features a number of different varieties including hornbeam and trident maple as well as some of the less common varieties like styrax.
Most of his deciduous trees are Japanese maples, and I have yet to find a garden with more fun maple projects.
One interesting fact about Fukunaga’s maples – almost all were made from the same parent tree over 30 years ago. The parent has good bark and small leaves so he made lots of cuttings and now has quite a collection of the trees in a variety of styles.
From the side
I made particular note of the roots on these trees. As you can see from the photos, the roots exhibit quite different characteristics
Maple trunk and roots
Maple trunk – fun project
And finally, one of the smaller maples in Fukunaga’s collection.
Up next, a visit to Mr. Honda’s garden.
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