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Deciduous Early Development Part II: Magnolia

Deciduous Early Development Part II: Magnolia

October 15, 2019

An infrequently used deciduous genus for bonsai, Magnolia nonetheless offers a unique, bold personality among our ranks of status-quo Tridents and Elms. Most commonly used for bonsai is Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata, among the Magnolia species options. The Star Magnolia is a modest shrub or minor tree rather than one of the massive flowering tree Magnolias […]

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

Deciduous Early Development Part I: Japanese Maple

October 5, 2019

The first part of this development series covers a few gangly specimens of Japanese Maple. Japanese Maple is one of the most challenging early development deciduous trees because of its propensity to make long internodes. It’s also one of the best examples of a theme that runs throughout the next few posts on early development, […]

(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

(What we don’t like talking about…) TOO MANY BONSAI-

September 21, 2019

Many of us are natural ‘gatherers’. We collect things, much like bower birds and pack rats. And then we either present them in display cases, tuck them into storage units, or, if they are bonsai, arrange them in our backyards. Gathering is an endearing trait. And we have things to show off when friends visit. […]