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Species Listed (updated 7/10/17)
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
species. Please refer to the Plant
Catalog for the general species description. Be sure to use
plant's individual code number for
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. |
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
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
2 Gallon Cutting Grown Tree $300
6550 Metasequoia glytostroboides
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
'Hachi Gen' (Nishiki Kuro Matsu)
following selection of
pines are very special. They are all cutting grown, started
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
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
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.
'Mi Nishiki' (Nishiki Kuro Matsu)
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.
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.
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
Pinus thunbergii 'Kyokko' .
Caliper is 3 1/4 inches, 22 inches tall. A tall very natural looking
with a few large jins to be carved. Just needs a few years of
to become a world class tree. One of the best trees in the nursery.
'99 Low grafted tree in 15 gallon
cut off pot