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Specimen plants are one of a kind offerings. These are larger plants and/or more fully trained plants for bonsai, or plants so rare that they are best sold individually. Each plant is individually described, identified, and pictured. Prices vary according to the degree of training, caliper, and sheer potential for bonsai. This list will be constantly changing, so check back often for new listings. Plants are organized in the same fashion as our regular catalog, alphabetically by genus and species. Please refer to the Plant Catalog for the general species description. Be sure to use each plant's individual code number for ordering purposes.

Prices do not include shipping. Please request a shipping quote to your Zip Code Area. Shipping is via Priority Mail. Your shipping quote will be very close to the actual USPS cost plus a small charge for materials. All shipments are quaranteed to arrive safely. California residents will be charged 7.5% sales tax.

This is a very exciting development for our nursery. We have been growing most of these plants for many years just to be able to offer exciting potential bonsai. You will find them fully described, including size, shape, caliper, nebari, trunk movement, etc. The strong and weak points of each plant will be listed. Often there will also be a tentative plan described for future development. We hope you will enjoy exploring them!

2175 Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' This cedar cultivar is my favorite.  It has very dark green foliage, short needles with thick stems and grows very slowly. These trees are over fifteen years old and I will never have any more of these larger specimen (3 more to be added soon). They are grafted to C. deodara (which is standard for cedar cultivars), but the grafts are so good and so old that are nearly undetectable. These are last three 'Green Prince' that we have, there won't be any more.

2175-010 Cedrus libani 'Green Prince' . Caliper is 2 1/8 inches. This tree has a wonderfully thick base and strong first branch. It can be left as an upright or as daring cascade using only the  first branch. It has been root pruned and repotted recently so the first tricky root reduction is done.
16 inch Anderson Flat container $700
Green Prince 010

Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku'

These Shimpaku were photographed in November 2016 following a heavy pruning. This leaves them a little naked, but allows you to see the trunk and branch structure, and is not necessarily how the final tree will look. I try to leave as many useful possibilities as I can rather than locking the trees into one final concept. This makes these large 'Shimpaku' excellent workshop trees. In most cases, I will only point out the obvious 'tree' that can be created, but nearly all will have multiple possible designs. Usually the first photo is what I consider to be the best front and the second is the back, but it is up to you to decide ultimately.

Shipping is problematic for these trees since they are so heavy. This is best for growing them out and they put on caliper very fast, but their weight makes them expensive to ship if not altered. The usual procedure is to remove the pot and cut two or three inches off the bottom; a clean cut with the sawsall. They can then be repotted in something shallow and wider such as an Anderson flat or a cut down 5 gallon can. They should be slip potted only to make sure there is no trama to slow them down. The outside roots can be very slightly combed out, but there should be no significant root pruning. They can be repotted again in a year or two. This procedure, if followed precisely, can be done at any time of the year. We ship in the pot that you see, securely anchored in the box. Your are not paying extra for heavy ceramic pot that you would probably change anyhow. We have done this many times here at the nursery, and we have never had a customer complaint about the procedure. It results in lowering the shipping costs EAST to about  $75 to $100 Priority Mail. You can request an exact quote by sending an email to Brent with your zip code.

In some cases, the 'Shimpaku' are photographed in winter, and are therefore showing their winter color display of yellowish bronze foliage. Do not be alarmed. This is perfectly natural and they will green up very quickly in the spring.

5450-101 Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku' . Caliper is 2  inches. Very wide base of 4 inches on this multi trunk. Excellent spreading nebari and buttress. Large jin to be carved on the right.
The bark and deadwood has been brushed on this tree to reveal the rich bark color and enhance the deadwood. This is an old school technique, but it is good for training purposes, as it reveals all the features. Left alone, the bark will return to its natural color in a few years.
5 Gallon Cutting Grown Tree $900

5450-108 Juniperus chinensis 'Shimpaku' . Caliper is 1 5/8 inches. Thick trunk with plenty of branching. Choice of branches for the final design apex. All the possibilities have been left for many design options. This would make a great advanced workshop tree.
2 Gallon Cutting Grown Tree $300

6550 Metasequoia glytostroboides  Dawn Redwood

6350-105 Metasequoia glyptostrobides Dawn Redwood . Another mammoth trunk in a completely natural style. Plenty of deadwood naturally aged, but also a good carving project. 9 inches at base (soil line) and 32 inches tall. Very flat root ball ready for a bonsai pot.
Seedling Grown Tree in Anderson pot  $1200
Dawn 105Dawn 105

7428 Pinus thunbergii 'Hachi Gen' (Nishiki Kuro Matsu)

The following selection of pines are very special. They
are all cutting grown, started in 1999. They have always been in pots and have been grown slowly to allow them to develop mature bark quickly, although the full corking scales will not be fully mature for another decade. 'Hachi Gen' does not form corky wings like the more familiar Nishiki black pines, but rather forms enlarged and thickened scales similar to "turtle back" ridging. These pines are already considerably 'rougher' than species seedlings of their size and age. The beauty of these individuals is that they are not grafted, and thus do not present graft union problems. In addition, cutting grown black pines form an enormous enlarged root base, evident in some of the examples below, but hidden just under the soil in most cases. These swollen nebari and surface roots will also have bark scale ridges eventually.

The leaders were allowed to grow on these trees for the last twelve years to develop trunk thickness and were just chopped back the winter of 2010-11. This hard pruning has left them somewhat naked for the moment, but it has revealed the trunks and the presence of the low branches. Please don't look at these as finished trees; they are far from it. I have grown the basic structure for you and have given you branch selections for final and sacrifice branches. Now that the leaders have been removed, the lower buds will be released this spring and summer. A new leader will have to chosen and branches demarcated as either final or sacrifice branches and treated accordingly. If none of this makes sense to you (and welcome to the club!), then I strongly advise that you read my articles on pines at the website and in the blog.

Followup photos will be added this summer after their new flush of growth, but now is the best time to analyze the trunks and branching for potential. Except where noted, these trees are all in two gallon black plastic nursery pots.

Pinus thunbergii 'Mi Nishiki' (Nishiki Kuro Matsu)

Please see the notes above for 'Hachi Gen' for a general description of these cutting grown trees. 'Mi Nishiki' is quite similar to 'Hachi Gen' except that the bark corks up a little faster. Unless otherwise noted, all the 'Mi Nishiki' below were grown from cuttings in 1997 and 1998. They have always been in pots which enhances the bark and helps maintain the low branches. The origin of these trees is from a single tree owned by Chuck Shane in Sebastopol CA, now of North Carolina. Chuck obtained his tree from his sensei probably about thirty or forty years ago. As was common among Japanese bonsai masters in year's past, they would select a tree with outstanding characteristics and propagate it for themselves. Thus, these trees became cultivars, although they were not always named, other than to attribute the tree to the master and designate as a Nishiki Kuro Matsu, or Yatsubusa for example. So, Chuck began calling this cultivar "his nishiki". On a whim I suggested he name it 'Mi Nishiki' and the name stuck. Like the 'Hachi Gen' above, these trees have exceptional bases because they were cutting grown and not grafted. Thus the corky bark extends all the into the nebari and the surface roots as well. They also exhibit the swollen bases common to cutting grown Japanese black pine. These trees are extremely rare, and there is nothing else like them in the world. Once they are sold, there won't be any more. I don't have the setup for growing pine cuttings any longer, and it is exceptionally difficult.

The photographs were taken in January 2013 right after they were pruned, so you can really see the trunks and the structure, but they will look a little naked. They are loaded with buds that will explode the spring of 2013. They were root pruned and repotted the winter of 2011-12 and are fully established in their two gallon plastic nursery pots. They should be root pruned and repotted if purchased in early spring of 2013, otherwise you may slip pot them and repot during the winter of 2013-14.

7442-015 Pinus thunbergii 'Kyokko' . Caliper is 3 1/2 inches, 16 inches tall. A very natural looking tree with  a couple of jins. Just needs a few years of ramification to become a world class tree
'97 Low grafted tree in 3 gallon pot $2000.
'97 kyokko

'97 kyokko

7442-020 Pinus thunbergii 'Kyokko' . Caliper is 3 1/4 inches, 22 inches tall. A tall very natural looking tree with  a few large jins to be carved. Just needs a few years of ramification to become a world class tree. One of the best trees in the nursery.
'99 Low grafted tree in 15 gallon cut off pot $3000.
-'99 kyokko

'99 kyokko

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