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Eccentric Bonsai: Twisted in Extremis


Doing the Twist. This tree belongs to Mauro Stemberger (Italian Bonsai Dream). Mauro has one of the most dramatic bonsai collections in the West, and though this one certainly qualifies, is there a line between dramatic and eccentric?

 Continuing with our long standing ‘Eccentric Bonsai’ posts from our earlier days, here’s one that combines trees from our archives as well as one we've never shown. As you can see and read, the eccentricity is about twisting

At a glance, it look like at least two of the trees were twisted by the hands of man. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble spotting them

 A closer look at the twists. Did you notice the emblem on the pot?


This one is a little different. though it still has its twists (and turns). Noaki Maeoka is artist responsible for it


Even though there’s something unnatural about many of the twisted by-the-hands-of-man bonsai, some work better than others and this one qualifies. Photo by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai Tonight. Jonas is the author of The Little Book of Bonsai, my new favorite beginners' bonsai book

  Here it is, The Little Book of Bonsai by Jonas Dupuich


This natural twisty pine with its well chosen pot was posted by Eduardo Mourão Guedes (Tae-Kukiwon-Bonsai)


Not a bonsai and based on where it is, I don't think it ever will be (I  hope not!).  I’m pretty sure I've never seen a tree this twisted by nature, though there are some Whitebark pines (Pinus albicaulis) at the treeline on Mt Lassen in Northern California that come pretty close. This photo is from Carlos van der Vaart


Twisted alright, but that's not the most eccentric thing about this one.  That honor goes to the way it's mounted on a post that supports the shade cloth structure at Michael Hagedorn's Crataegus Bonsai Garden (Michael is the author of Bonsai Heresy, a book any and all serious bonsai lovers should own (and read - see below)

The following quote about the tree just above is from Michael Hagedorn's portfolio..."Yesterday this juniper was styled, and it hangs on the... post that supports the shade cloth structure (thank you Bobby Curttright).

"The juniper is a bit of a Frankenstein: The trunk is a Rocky Mountain Juniper (thank you Backcountry Bonsai, Steve and Dan) and we grafted it with itoigawa about 4 years ago. The tree is only about 6″ high, and itoigawa seemed like the right choice for the fineness of the foliage and the small tree size."


  Michael Hagedorn's Bonsai Heresy
the most bonsai knowledge and wisdom I've ever seen in one book


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