Bonsai tree: What Would You Do?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bonsai tree: What Would You Do?


Perfect, powerful, beautifully nicely photographed and apparently growing on a rock. The shape of the tree and the deadwood have a juniper look, but the foliage looks more pine than juniper, though it’s too far away to get a good read (see below). The dramatic backdrop could only be the Grand Canyon. The photo is courtesy of Bonsai Mania.

What would you do?

Imagine that this tree is in a training pot and, best of all, it’s yours. What would you do (if anything) to improve it?


This blurry blow up pretty much confirms my notion the the tree is a pine, perhaps even a Bristlecone. To be sure, I got my trusty National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America out, and sure enough, the Intermountain Bristlecone (Pines longaeva) has a spot on the map that falls right on the Grand Canyon.


This one looks like a Juniper with the foliage in full winter color. Both Rocky Mountain junipers (J. scopularum) and Utah junipers (J. osteosperma) are found around the Grand Canyon and your guess is as good as mine. The shot was borrowed from Flickr.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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