An Unusual Ficus Bonsai Style From Taiwan

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Huge massive trees with umbrella-like canopies and neatly arranged pads are hallmarks of Taiwan’s ficus bonsai. They are created and modeled after an old majestic Ficus microcarpa in Tainan’s National Cheng Kung University campus.

cheng'kongFicusF. microcarpa at the National Cheng Kung University campus
WeChat 圖片_20190524211752 An Award Winning F. microcarpa modeled after the National Cheng Kung University ficus, height: 87 cm, byHisu Yang

Over the last decade, there have been increasing criticisms among some Taiwanese artists that too many of their ficus bonsai look like each other, prompting comment likeif you have seen one, you have seen a hundred”. The artist of the above award winning “standard” ficus, Mr. Hsiu Yang, 杨修, did something unusual; he created two “non-traditional” ficus bonsai.

IMG_5589 Planted in stainless steel tray, size of tray is 6-8 foot long if I recall correctly.
IMG_5605 Another Mr. Yang’s creation. Note a cut wound filled with clear…

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