Chiharu Imai’s garden featured some great pines. Some of these were far more developed than others. Seeing less developed trees next to more mature specimens made it clear how bonsai can develop and improve over time. The juxtaposition also made it clear that Imai can do great work at both ends of this spectrum.
White pine with interesting deadwood
Large white pine
Another nice white pine
As is typical during the winter months, the outdoor pines had turned yellow while the pines kept indoors retained their green hue.
Multi-trunk white pine
A small white pine
A number of the younger specimens had recently been wired. And although they look good now, they’ll look even better when the branch pads fill in.
Twisted trunk white pine
Semi-cascade white pine
The black pine below has a fun trunk and a good start on the branches. For those thinking about styling pines, do you think the tree points left or right?
Some heavy bends have produced a nice silhouette in this young white pine.
Great bark and interesting movement will make for a fun tree when the branches fill in.
And as for the white pine below, I’m very curious about the tree’s future. Any guesses?