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Great American Bonsai

08/08/22


This humped back Wild apple appears on the back cover of Nick Lenz' Bonsai from the Wild (long out of print).

Today, we've got a somewhat random collection of top notch American bonsai. There are so many, so don't despair if your favorite is not here. We're planning to make this a regular series, but even if we do it a thousand times, we'll still miss some good ones.


This Hinoki cypress by Dan Robison is from Will Hiltz' wonderful book Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees. I don't know if Elandan Gardens still has copies for sale, but you can find it online and it's a purchase worth making.


The natural look (or who needs manicured bonsai?). This photo captures two things I love about Eladan Gardens. The first is the rugged uncontrived look that characterizes Dan Robinson's bonsai, and the second is the perfect setting. The tree is a Sierra juniper (Juniperus occidentalis).


One of Nick "Larch Master" Lenz’ famous unique American larches as it appears in Wikipedia.


Another unique bonsai by Nick, who was gifted in so many ways. I believe Nick made the ceramic tank too.


This photo is from a post by Ryan Neil titled Bald Cypress #1, Evolution.

 

Ponderosa pine potted in an old brake drum by Michael Hagedorn of Crataegus Bonsai. By the way Michael is the author of Bonsai Heresy a book that annihilates mistaken notions and illuminates deep bonsai truths.


Ben Oki's famous Chinese hackberry (Celtis sinensis). Mr Oki donated it to the Pacific Bonsai Museum where it now resides and stands as one of the crown jewels in this amazing collection.


This Trident maple belongs to Bjorn Bjorholm.


Bjorn at his Eisei-en Bonsai Garden with a monster yamadori One seed juniper (Juniperus monosperma). It's the same tree that Bjorn worked on in an advanced bonsai course that was hosted by Bonsai Empire. We featured it in a review of the course couple years ago.


This Korean hornbeam belongs to Bill Valavanis. Bill has at least two famous Hornbeams. This one's a Korean hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii - some sources list it as Carpinus coreana, and I have seen it listed as Carpinus turczaninowii var Coreana... I'm sure Bill could shed some light).


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