Acquired December of 2013 from a local nursery, this larch has potential as a future bonsai. With it’s attractive nebari, even taper and branch structure, I envision an old and stately semi-formal upright design. Of the trees faults, however, a congested area of thick branches half-way up the trunk will require some heavy pruning. This will be a great exercise in ‘branch removal without fear’ as so often depicted in old Bonsai Today articles!
Raw stock Larix siberica, 40″. Shown here with one of the heavier spoke branches already “stubbed”
Initial wiring and branch selection, 26″
Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum) over a rock
Rooted over a rock a year ago and recently wired for shape, this seedling Korean maple has room to grow in a blue glazed training pot. With time, ramification will be improved, the roots will be exposed, and an image of an older tree should begin to develop. For now, I am still experimenting with Acer pseudosieboldianum as bonsai. Given it’s cold-hardiness, vibrant spring growth and awesome fall colors, there is definitely potential for this under-utilized species.