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Myrciaria Cauliflora — Brazilian Grape Tree

Myrciaria Cauliflora — Brazilian Grape Tree

Strange name for a lovely cultivar. This little tree was featured in teh tropical section at our local nursery. The name hearkens to the clusters of “grapes” on the trunk, resembling tiny caulflowers… But the specimen featured has perfect form for...
Hydrangea serrata “Blue Deckle” in Bloom

Hydrangea serrata “Blue Deckle” in Bloom

The best color– lavender-blue– longlasting blossoms are stunning. Hydrangea makes a surprisingly good bonsai, with a balance between the plant’s woody stems and a good terracotta pottery container. Here’s a success story, a long-lasting bloomer...

Mountain Ash Achieves Stardom!

How a canopy of new foliage can “make” a tree. This mountain ash has been featured in prior posts, as I worked with the huge nursery-grown and neglected wayfarer to find its inward essence…. It has finally formed a perfect crown, with several ew...
Celtis/Hackberry

Celtis/Hackberry

Newly styled with a handmade container. Celtis, or Hackberry, grow on every continent, as a native shrub or small tree. A wide canopy and graceful curved trunk with good caliper makes this specimen a satisfying expression of the indoor or tropical bonsai...
Chinese Bird Plum/ Sageretia

Chinese Bird Plum/ Sageretia

A sweet tropical for a sunny windowsill indoors. Sageretia is a native of Brazil, with glossy foliage and a habit of putting forth flowers and fruit–hence its Chinese nickname of “Bird Plum.” Easy to train in the traditional curved-trunk style, it is...
Hinoki Cypress Forest

Hinoki Cypress Forest

Subtle differences define foliage of this classic forest. Hinoki Cypress are keynote bonsai specimens, but in fact are not a true cypress species. A more accurate name is Japanese Cedar, but they are a form of “false” cypress, Chamaecyparis, to be exact....
The Features of Bonsai

The Features of Bonsai

How we create and style trees in miniature. Bonsai has a reputation for being fairly esoteric, with mysterious and magical components to the art of fashioning small trees that endure a long time.This blog is intended to give a few pointers about the techniques of...
Cupressis Bakerii — Mexican Cypress Forest — 5

Cupressis Bakerii — Mexican Cypress Forest — 5

Various heat tolerant trees for an all climate forest. Modoc Cypress is the most tolerant of conifers with regard to both hot and cold environs. It grows in the moutains of the Mexican desert, and has the ability to withstand both extremes of temperature. Forest will...
Carpinus Laxiflora Forest #2 — European Hornbeam

Carpinus Laxiflora Forest #2 — European Hornbeam

Another look at an Ironwood forest. Ironwood grows in various northern climates, and is reputed for its dense hardwood, suitable for building. Used in Japan for many centuries, and in North America since ancient times for native canoes, this species is characterized...

Carpinus laxiflora Forest — European Hornbeam

A tiny forest to inspire creativity and delight. Here is a fifteen year old collection of Hornbeam trees, now in the final stages of refinement as a forest planting. This is “laxiflora”, a Mediterranean version of the same species we call...