Historic Ponderosa Pine Restyling-

This sweet little pine has been in the Puget Sound (Northwestern USA) area since 1989. It was collected by John Muth. Some of you might remember it from the 1992 cover of Bonsai Clubs International. I remember seeing it in a bonsai exhibition years ago in Seattle, sitting off in a corner, looking quite distinguished. Recently this tree passed to a client of mine, and we reworked it.

In 1992 fewer possibilities for the styling of this tree existed. Just a few unramified branches were present, as is often the case with newly collected Ponderosa. Now we have more complex branching options. It’s a good example of a Ponderosa that over time has done pretty tidy job of growing out branches and ramifying.


Early image of this Ponderosa pine, 22 years ago, on the cover of Bonsai Clubs International.


Before we started work on the tree.


Like the thinking in the original styling, we agreed that this inclination was best.


Here’s the final shot. Sorry for the grainy photo; low light and all. A new, slightly deeper pot will be its home this spring-


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  1. hansy lopez says:

    I post the video from 2 years ago . Cheers

    Hansy Lopez


  2. Peter Chapman says:

    Beautifully balanced tree, Michael!

  3. Ray says:

    Nice re style sweet tree

  4. Ron Scarborough says:

    Okay so do you plan on keeping the pot supported like that?

  5. bonsai eejit says:

    Reblogged this on Bonsai Eejit.

  6. Nuno Encarnação says:

    Fantastic work! Perfect styling of this tree!

  7. nunoencarnacao says:

    Fantastic work! Great styling of this tree!

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