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Would You Believe A 1,000 Year Old Bonsai?


We've got some good ones from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum today. One of our favorite destinations. 

This extraordinarily lush, powerful and perfectly balanced Ginkgo biloba makes its home at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan. It has a name, Icho, and stands 95cm (37.5") high.

Grandfather Bonsai! Here's another impressively powerful bonsai at Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. It's a yamadori Ezo Spruce, (Picea jezoensis var. jezoensis) named Todoroki, with an estimated age of 1000 years! It stands 94cm (37") high.

This colorful beauty is an Itea viginiana, which, as you might surmise from the name, is a native to the Eastern United States.

We've shown this Needle juniper before, but I think it's worth another look. Its estimated age is 300 years and it stands 62cm (24.5") high.

We've shown this dynamic Japanese maple several times over the years and for good reason. To my eyes it seems like it is crouched and ready to leap, taking the pot with it (it would have to, given how firmly the powerful nebari is gripping to the soil). Like so many of the most extraordinary trees in Japan, it has a name, 'Koryo.'  Its estimated age is 120 years and it stands 69cm (27") high and measures 120cm (47") side to side.

Flowering Japanese apricot (Prunus mume). No age is given. It stands 55cm (21.5") high.

Here's a very distinctive tree with a compete top to bottom split trunk. It's a Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora) named Sokaku.  Its estimated age is 300 years and it stands 110cm (43.25") high.

Both the scroll and the shadow enhance the beauty of this Japanese white pine. Its estimated age is 100 and it stands 103cm (40.5") high.

This colorful beauty is a Japanese camellia (Camellia Sasanqua Shishigashira). Its age estimated at 50 years and its height is 95cm (37.5").

This one is a Seigen Japanese maple. It's estimated to be 90 years old and stands 96cm (38") high.

Gallery Sources:
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum on FB
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum website

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