Bonsai tree: Sixty Four Years of Bonsai in Sacramento

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bonsai tree: Sixty Four Years of Bonsai in Sacramento

Coast live oak by Greg McDonald of the Sacramento Bonsai Club.
Though I don’t know the history of the oak above, I imagine it was collected in the California Coast Range. California is blessed with some of the most spectacularly wild mountain ranges anywhere, and these ranges are covered with a multitude of collectable tree species. Enough to boggle even the most jaded tree lover’s mind. This is not to say that I think you should run off to California and start digging. For most of us, this would be a very bad idea.

Japanese maple and Japanese black pine. I don’t know who the artist is.
Accent’s accent. Is this an accent plant (Mimosa?) with its own accent plant? Or is it a small bonsai with tiny accent?
Another example of what’s being dug in California. This one’s a California juniper. Though the crown isn’t really show-ready, this is more than compensated for by the trunk’s striking shari. This tree grew somewhere in the very arid mountains of southern California. How many years do you think it took for such a massive trunk to grow and then mostly die and develop into such a spectacular shari?
Boston Ivy. Here’s one that wasn’t collected in California.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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