Masahiro Sasaki is doing his part to put Mifune, Kumamoto, on the map. The small Kyushu town is home to Gashou-en, a large nursery specializing in small-sized bonsai. Every other tree was worth a double-take. Here are some of their chojubai.
Japanese flowering quince ‘Chojubai’
Chojubai (subtract two zeros to get an idea of the price in USD$)
Some of the trident maples I found were equally interesting.
Semi-cascade trident maple
Multi-trunk trident maple
For each well-established bonsai on the bench there were many score more in development.
Shohin bonsai in development
Many of Sasaki’s best sales trees were at the Green Club – more on that in a future post – but there was no lack of fun trees back at the nursery.
Chirimenkazura – dwarf star jasmine, Trachelospermum asiaticum var. Nana
I’m a huge fan of dwarf star jasmine – it’s one of a number of varieties I enjoy in Japan but don’t see very often in the US.
The ume were at their best the day I visited – just a few days ahead of full-bloom.
Check back Friday for more from Gashou-en.
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