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Frankenstein Bonsai & Dispelling Long Held Myths


Japanese black pine grafted onto Ponderosa trunk. This photo was taken in December, 2019

Here's part of what Michael Hagedorn wrote about this tree... "This is an earlier work, black pine grafted on a ponderosa trunk. I think it was grafted about 9 years ago. It’s a small tree, a chuhin at 14”. Collected years ago by Randy Knight; recently reworked by apprentice John Eads.

"In our first post on this tree, Black Pine/Ponderosa, I suggested calling it a Frankie tree, for the Frankenstein element of splicing two genetics together. And though I’m in danger of sounding like a broken record, I do think grafting has a real place for the long-needled ponderosa, particularly in the case of smaller bonsai sizes."
If you'd like to read more by Michael on this tree, scroll down to the bottom of this post


Cropped for a closer look


 Quoting Michael again... "About four or five years after putting two cleft grafts near the trunk, on older branches, this ponderosa/black pine Frankie tree got potted up for the first time. This is in March 2016. Pretty thin, right?"




 Michael Hagedorn, Bonsai artist, teacher, author & philosopher


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"Finally, a bonsai book that corrects the record once and for all!
Not only does Michael dispel long-held bonsai myths,
but he wonderfully weaves personal, often self-deprecating anecdotes
into the mix.
Well written, deeply researched,
and perfectly timed,
Bonsai Heresy is a must-read
for every bonsai enthusiast.
Bjorn Bjorholm, bonsai artist and educator

"This book has been in the works for some years now.
To those who were aware of this
and have been asking ad nauseam
when it will be done,
I now have an answer. Soon.
Michael Hagedorn, author Bonsai Heresy

For more on Michael's Frankie tree, here's a link to a recent post by Michael And here's one to a post from 2016


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