1. Peter gave an extended history on his 38yr old Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). It was originally collected from a Surrey peat bog in 1978 by Dan Barton, the internationally known bonsai grower and writer born 1938 in Hong Kong and lives in England. This tree has providence, as is recorded in a book  written by Dan Barton who still had the tree in 1986.
After Dan sold it, it passed through a couple of further owners ending up in Leeds and went on Ebay with a price tag of £1600. After haggling and agreeing to self collect, it was purchased by Peter, it’s current owner.
After 14yrs of cultivation, it succumbed to pineapple gall- an infestation that swells and distorts young pine needles into a sac that contains emerging insects similar to aphids that are sap sucking and damage the branches. If not promptly dealt with can…
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