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2017
Specimen Catalog
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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.

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This is a very exciting development for our nursery. We have been growing most of these plants for over ten 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!

Trident Maple, Acer buergerianum









Hedge Maple, Acer campestre
Hedge maple is a an excellent tree for beginners. It is tough and easy to grow. It grows fast giving you a lot to do, but the leaves and internodes reduce nicely. It is very widely adapted.
More trees coming soon.


Acer ginnala, Amur maple. The following maples are very old seedlings started in 1991. They have always been kept small and have been continually pruned back. All are in one gallon pots that have been cut down, so they are ready for bonsai pots. They are trunk finished and most have all their major branches. The branches will need development from this point, although  some already have a good degree of ramification. These are Fall photos (2015) so that you can see the structure and get a clear view of the trunk. The trunks have been painted with lime sulfur so that the lower portions that are water stained will match the light gray bark. This coloration will even out by spring. Amur maple has a lot of deadwood in nature, and the wood is soft and rots easily, so a wood hardener is recommended as soon as the desired deadwood color is obtained.


0425-013 Acer ginnala   Wonderful 2 1/2 inch base and buttressed nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with.
Tree in shortened one gallon pot$ 450..........................................................
Amur maple


0425-014 Acer ginnala   Another great nebari with a full 3 inch base.
Tree in shortened one gallon pot$ 400..........................................................
Amur maple



0500-005 Acer palmatum   Japanese Maple. These Japanese maples are over 40 years old, probably closer to 50 now since I acquired them some years ago. They are a grafted dwarf cultivar, but we do not know which one. I do know it is neither 'Kiyohime', nor 'Yuri Hime'. They were dug from an old nursery, root pruned, top pruned and put directly into these pots. That was about five years ago, so they are well established and the large stubs from the branch pruning are mostly gone and now transition nicely to smaller branching. This is a very slow process and now nearly complete. The caliper is about 3 inches above the enlarged base, which you can compare to the 16 inch box. This one has an exceptional base and is probably the best of the lot.
Specimen in 16 inch square Anderson Flat  $1500
Japanese maple


0500-007 Acer palmatum   Japanese Maple. 1 1/4 inch caliper maple with nice fall color.

Specimen tree in one gallon pot $150 SOLD!
Japanese maple


0500-210 Acer palmatum   Japanese Maple. 1  inch caliper maple with nice fall color.

Specimen tree in one gallon pot $200 SOLD!
Japanese maple


0500-215 Acer palmatum   Japanese Maple. 5/8 inch maple with nice fall color.

Specimen tree in one gallon pot $150 SOLD!
Japanese maple


0975-210 Ampelopsis bevipedunculata   Porcelain Berry. This is  a vine similar to Virginia Creeper, and like Virginia Creeper it can be used as an excellent accent plant in cascade pot on a tall stand. It's claim to fame are the unusual small porcelain berries. These turn blue just about the time the yellow Fall color appears, so it is an excellent accent plant for a Fall show. It has an unusual growth pattern. It loses nearly all of its viney branches in the winter leaving a central stump that get gets a little bigger each year, 1 1/2 inches in this case. You can clearly see this in the photos here and below. Even though these plants are still in one gallon pots, they are over 25 years old.
Tree in one gallon pot $300 SOLD!
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0975-215 Ampelopsis bevipedunculata   Porcelain Berry. This is  a vine similar to Virginia Creeper, and like Virginia Creeper it can be used as an excellent accent plant in cascade pot on a tall stand. It's claim to fame are the unusual small porcelain berries. These turn blue just about the time the yellow Fall color appears, so it is an excellent accent plant for a Fall show. It has an unusual growth pattern. It loses nearly all of its viney branches in the winter leaving a central stump that get gets a little bigger each year, 1 1/2 inches in this case. You can clearly see this in the photos here and below. Even though these plants are still in one gallon pots, they are over 25 years old.
Tree in one gallon pot $350
porcelain berry


0975-220 Ampelopsis bevipedunculata   Porcelain Berry. This is  a vine similar to Virginia Creeper, and like Virginia Creeper it can be used as an excellent accent plant in cascade pot on a tall stand. It's claim to fame are the unusual small porcelain berries. These turn blue just about the time the yellow Fall color appears, so it is an excellent accent plant for a Fall show. It has an unusual growth pattern. It loses nearly all of its viney branches in the winter leaving a central stump that get gets a little bigger each year, 1 3/4 inches at the burl. You can clearly see this in the photos here and below. Even though these plants are still in one gallon pots, they are over 25 years old.
Tree in one gallon pot $200
porcelain berry


Chaenomeles
It is exceedingly difficult to grow specimen sized Chaenomeles, or Flowering Quince. This shrubby species does not form a single trunk in nature, but rather is a continuously suckering cluster of thin stems. Growing a larger trunk requires endless removal of the suckering stems to a select single stem or clump. Getting a one inch caliper trunk requires at least a decade or more of growing. The following specimen are all over twenty years old with stems approximately one inch caliper for most. The one gallon cans are about six inches across to give you a measuring reference. Another problem is a lack of branching and ramification. These trees below are in the beginning stages of ramification, but with regular pinching, they will ramify now that the trunks are finished or nearly finished. A third problem with flowering quince is getting any kind of bark texture and interest, even on very old stems. This problem has been solved for us by the industrious work of voles, that have sometimes eaten large portions of the bark, but the plants have survived and replaced the old bark with a nice rough textured bark. Without this damage the rough bark would have never formed. Indeed, the bark and nebari is what makes the plants below so valuable. It is nearly impossible to find quince with good bark, nebari, and trunk movement.

Since these are some of the oldest plants in the nursery, they have suffered years of abuse but have survived and developed into unique trees. Unfortunately, they have often lost their ID tags in the process. Where this has happened, I have ventured a guess as to the identity, but I will be able to ID them all next spring when they flower. So, if you purchase one now without a positive ID, you will be able to have me identify it for next year if you send me a photo. Of course this means taking a chance on flower color. For me, this isn't a big deal on a specimen quince since it is the trunk that is the real value here, but if flower color is the most important characteristic for you, then please choose one with a positive ID.

To give you a sense of the rarity of these unusual specimen, I have grown thousands of quince over the years, and of these thousands, only the handful below have developed into trunks that I consider worthy to be called specimen. AND there will never be any more from our nursery.







Cotoneaster dammeri 'Emerald Spray'  These cotoneasters are over 25 years old. They have been continually  cut back and shaped to give you rugged bark, taper, and massive trunks (for cotoneaster).
More trees coming soon.



3358-010 Cydonia oblonga   Wonderful 2  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with. This species is native to Portugal and is used as a dwarfing understock for pears. The leaves are naturally small, about the size of a quarter. Yellow fall color as you can see from the photo. Sheds bark in large scales revealing lighter tones underneath. This species is capable of small pink fragrant flowers, but they are seldom seen. Capable of incredible leaf reduction and ramification as can be seen in the specimen below.
Tree in shortened five gallon pot $900
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3358-020 Cydonia oblonga   One of the finest trees in the nursery. I obtained these seedlings in 1986. This one has been in a pot ever since. 3 inch trunk with root flare and taper. See tree above for more information on this species. This is a finished tree needling only fine wiring and maintenance pruning.
Tree in Japanese ceramic pot $3000  SOLD!
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Liquidambar orientalis
This oriental sweetgum is similar to our southern sweetgum, L. styraciflua except that it's fall color is pure yellow with occasional tinges of red and orange, the leaves are more indented and rounded, and it is better behaved for bonsai. It still throws fat wild shoots in the spring that can be avoided by disbudding the terminal buds as they begin to swell. It has fantastic dark furrowed, almost black bark that matures rather quickly as you can see from the specimen below. These specimen were grown out for trunks, which are now finished or nearly so. They were root pruned and repotted in squat cut off five gallon pots creating a nice shallow root ball of about 4 inches. The branches were pruned back or removed, and now it is time to develop ramificiation. A few will need critical branches, but this is very easy since this species will literally explode with buds in the spring, most of which will need to be rubbed off, but some can be left for needed branches. This species tends to form thick roots. Wherever possible, these have been removed, but it is very difficult to get a very refined nebari, so don't let that weigh on your decision.


5935-210 Liquidambar orientalis    2  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with.  Yellow and red fall color as you can see from the photo. Mature furrowed bark is evident. Capable of good leaf reduction and ramification when disbudding and defoliation techniqes are applied.
Tree in shortened five gallon pot $1500 Sold! S
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Malus Crabapple. Crabs make wonderful bonsai specimen. Many of our trees are one gallon pots and destined to be shohin, which is quite a challenge give the usually larger leaves and coarse internodes. But it can be done with constant attention to pinching and by using the smaller cultivars such as M. sieboldii x, M. sargentii 'Tina', M. 'Sugar Tyme', and M. 'Mary Potter. All of our cultivars are suitable for bonsai, but may have to be used for medium to larger bonsai. Crabs are vigorous and cold hardy trees. The flowers and fruit make a wonderful show, and most have beautiful Fall color as well. Being fruit trees, crabs suffer from many of the same pests and diseases as their larger fruiting cousins. Aphids, woolly aphids, scale, and other sucking insects are fairly easily controlled with a systemic insecticide containing imidicloprid or disyston. They should not be sprayed with Malathion. Winter spraying with fixed copper fungicide will control most fungal diseases. Horticultural oils also work well.


6180-210 Malus 'Mary Potter'    1  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with.  Yellow fall color and small red apples as you can see from the photo.  Capable of decent leaf reduction and ramification as can be seen here, but proper pruning is must.
Tree in one gallon pot $200
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6260-030 Malus Mary sargentii   Old 1  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with.  Yellow fall color and small red apples as you can see from the photo. . Capable of decent leaf reduction and ramification as can be seen here, but proper pruning is must.
Tree in one gallon pot $200 SOLD!
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6260-020 Malus sargentii   Old 1  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with.  Yellow fall color and small red apples as you can see from the photo. . Capable of decent leaf reduction and ramification as can be seen here, but proper pruning is must.
Tree in one gallon pot $200 SOLD!
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6290-210 Malus 'Weeping Candied Apple'   Old 1  inch trunk and decent nebari. Good trunk movement. Plenty of branches to work with. Branches have to be left long to weep, or can be wired. Yellow and red fall color and small red apples as you can see from the photo. . Capable of decent leaf reduction and ramification as can be seen here, but proper pruning is must.
Specimen tree in  one gallon pot $250
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Metasequoia glyptostroboides  Dawn Redwood. These Dawns are positively enormous. They have been grown out for many years in 15 gallon pots with the roots escaping into the ground. They were 'harvested' two years ago, root pruned, and placed into these 16 inch Anderson pots. You can use the 16 inch pot size to judge the enormous base of these trees.

More trees coming soon.


7950-210 Quercus (species unknown)   2 inch caliper trunk, nice oak form. I bought a bunch of mixed oaks in the early 80's from a nurseryman who was going out of business. There was a mix of California natives and Eastern oaks. This was one of the unidentified Eastern oaks. It is from the black oak group from the shape of the leaves. Full leaf size is about 4 inches, but as you can see from the photo, they can be reduced to about 2 inches, which is just small enough for this size bonsai. Fall color is a rich solid burgundy. Notice the lichen on the bark, an indicator of great age.
Tree in shortened one gallon pot $600 
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9510-210 Tilia cordata   Little Leaf Linden. 4 inch caliper trunk. This is one Walter Pall's favorite species, especially since it is a native to his home and can be collected. This is a very old tree, over 25 years, and has some fantastic dead wood. Since the leaves are a little large and the twigs and buds are large, you need this kind of size to make it work.
Tree in 15 inch Anderson pot $1500 
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Ulmus
9610, 9650, 9680, Ulmus parvifolia 'Corticosa', 'Seiju', 'Yatsubusa' (Cork Bark Chinese Elms)
The following collection of elms were started by Brent as cuttings in the late 1980's.  A few were field grown at one point, but most were container grown by the "escape method". These are mostly trunk finished trees approximately 25 years old. You won't find any 'stove pipe' straight trunks here, only well tapered four inch plus trunks with great movement and mature bark. Nearly all the old scars are healed over and invisible. Now it is time to begin final branch and apex formation. Most had all the branches removed or stubbed back in 2009 and 2010, although a couple have had more advanced branch training. All were repotted in 2011 or 2012. They are potted in 15 inch square by 5 inch deep mesh bottom Anderson pots. They are photographed after pruning so that you can see the whole structure. I can honestly say that there are virtually no other trees like these in the US. We must have payment in order to reserve them until they are shipped. You can use the side of the pot (15 inches) to estimate the trunk size and height. A few smaller elms will be included this year, for those on a budget and want to grow their own trunks, or use them for shohin and smaller size bonsai.

Sorry, no more big elms this year.


9580-010 Ulmus americana   American elm (Florida strain). 3 inch caliper  trunk, 7 inches tall. The Florida seedling strain is probably less hardy than the typical American elm. They are capable of extreme leaf and twig reduction for fantastic  ramification. Great candidate for shohin
Tree in cut off one gallon pot $300 SOLD!  SO
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9590-010 Ulmus crassifolia   Cedar elm. 1 1/2 inch caliper  trunk. A tall, elegant tree with excellent branching. It needs only a bit more ramification and a pot to be a finished tree. Wonderful solid yellow fall color. Easy leaf reduction.
Tree in cut off 5 gallon pot $1100 
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9600-210 Ulmus parvifolia 'Catlin'   1 1/4 inch caliper trunk, root over rock form. Not many of these turn out well. 'Catlin' tends to have roots that are too thick relative to the trunk for a good ROR, but this one works nicely. Needs only ramificiation.
Tree in shortened five gallon pot $300 
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9610-210 Ulmus parvifolia 'Corticosa'   1 3/4 inch caliper trunk, nice oak form. DESCRIPTION
Tree in shortened one gallon pot $200  SOLD!
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9680-210 Ulmus parvifolia 'Yatsubusa'   1 1/2 inch caliper trunk, nice oak form. DESCRIPTION
Tree in shortened one gallon pot $200 SOLD! sold
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9975-215 Zelkova serrata   Zelkova. 2 3/4 inch caliper  trunk, 9 inches tall. Fantastic rugged trunk, good start on branching. Suitable for shohin. One large root that could simply be buried.
Tree in cut off 5 gallon pot $200 SOLD!
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