Bunjin #1: Shore Pine

Michael Hagedorn

First up in our tale of two bunjin…this Shore pine (Pinus contorta subsp. contorta) is from Vancouver Island, BC, collected by the eminent and excellent sir Peter Wilson.

The tree was potted this past spring, 2015, in the pot shown, and styled in late winter 2016. We wired nearly every branch and shoot on this Shore pine. The next post in our massive series on bunjin (a whopping two trees) features a pine that was styled without wires…

DSC_0481 The Shore pine was potted at this rather quirky angle in 2015.

DSC_0488 In the winter 2016 we styled it, 19″ / 48 cm. Some of the prime characteristics of good bunjin are seen in this whimsical little pine: Very little trunk taper, excellent bark, a scarcity of branches (also old and with bark), and an awkward and irritatingly individual trunk line. Next week: Another pine, styled without any wires at all…

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