In a recent trip to the southern part of Finland much time was spent exploring the ditches of forest roads and tracks. The ditches have to be maintained to allow for water run off and snow placed there by the ploughs. These ditches were abundant with small trees both deciduous and coniferous and had been cut by machinery, but had survived. The average height of the trees is approximately 30cm with many having potential as bonsai due to their characteristics; deformity and compact foliage – a ‘smorgasbord’ for any bonsai collector. But my search was for Betula nana (Scrub birch) and Betula pendula (Silver birch) shown below.
Betula nana (Scrub birch)
Betula pendula (Silver birch)
When we look at these two specimens one may say ‘What is there here to get excited about – this is not potential bonsai material’ but, my viewpoint is that one has to look for…
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