When azaleas are dug from the field, it’s common to clean the trunks and reduce the branches. The trees are then placed in greenhouses so they get the heat and humidity they need to send out new shoots.
Satsuki azalea recently dug from the field
This is bonsai at its most abstract. The trunks, decades old, have lot of character, and the primary branches are massive.
I see a handful of these every time I visit Kanuma in winter. These trees are growing at the Kobayashi Sangyo nursery.
The trees will stay in the warmest greenhouse for a couple months before moving to cooler greenhouses. By the end of the growing season, they’ll be covered with new growth.
Trunk with unusual shape
Up next: more trees from Japan!
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