Colorado Bonsai – Growth-Form Characteristics of Ancient Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pines (Pinus aristata), Colorado – Colorado Rocky Mountain Bonsai – Suiseki

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Windy Mountain Hemlock Styling

Posted by crataegus on October 16, 2020 in Uncategorized |8 Comments This Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, came from Vancouver Island, BC, courtesy of collector Anton Nijhuis.  My impression of wind-influenced trees is that the foliage pads are slender when seen from the side. Also, there is usually some air between the branches. We used that idea in our styling of this tree. The raw Mountain Hemlock, before styling. The snake-like coiling at … Continue reading Windy Mountain Hemlock Styling

Tree-like Juniper Styling

Posted by crataegus on October 23, 2020 in Uncategorized |6 Comments Often we style a juniper as an abstract form. Many species are, after all, shrubs, and have no clear form. And then, deadwood features often go off into sculpural wonderlands quite unrelated to trees, other than being made of wood. This Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum,  was collected by Steve Varland of Backcountry Bonsai. When I saw it I was surprised … Continue reading Tree-like Juniper Styling