Here's Matt Reel's caption for this tree... "Engelmann Spruce grown by Mt. Hood. One of my old favorites acquired via work trade with Randy Knight back in the high school days."
It has been a while since we visited Matt Reel, one of our North American artists who apprenticed in Japan and who has since made his home in Portland Oregon, the undisputed capitol of American bonsai
Matt studied with Shinji Suzuki, who is also Michael Hagedorn's Japanese bonsai sensei (Michael, one of our favorites here on Bark is another returned apprentice who settled in the Portland area)
Matt's Englemann spruce dispayed with a scroll and companion in an earthy Tokonoma
In subdued light
This close up offers a good look at the scroll as well as Matt's wiring and the tree's blue green needles
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Here's a couple images and a little text from Wikipedia... "Picea engelmannii is a medium-sized to large evergreen tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft) – 40 metres (130 ft) tall, exceptionally to 65 metres (213 ft) tall, and with a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft)"
Englemann spruce range
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