Here is but a small sample of the shohin pines at Gashou-en.
Japanese black pine
Sasaki clearly appreciates black pines as there was no lack of the variety at his nursery. Some had large trunks, others slender trunks with good movement, and almost all of them were under 8″.
Less developed black and white pines were legion on the benches.
Young shohin pines
There were also a few larger trees, including this medium-sized exposed root black pine.
A number of these larger pines had recently come to the nursery from Shikoku. Their rootballs were buried in the ground until the time could be found to repot them all.
Black and white pines
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