Literati Juniper styling

Below details the styling of a Juniper that was originally a very plain informal upright with a few problematic branches on the lower and mid trunk. I decided to completely restyle it, repotting it on an angle and developing it into a literati… Unfortunately I can’t find the original image of it as an informal upright, so the first image below is halfway through …

Twisted Pines of the West Coast

Below are a few images of some incredibly twisted pines that grow along the wild West Coast, serving up some fantastic inspiration for bonsai styling… Windswept Ponderosa and Radiata pine on hilltop. Old pines showing the unrelenting conditions of the west coast. Twisty Ponderosa pine. Taipa walking underneath helping show the scale of these, some only 2 – 3 metres in height. Superbly twisted Maritime pine (pinus pinaster). Stunted …

Dwarf Rata

Below is a before and after styling of a Dwarf NZ Rata, Metrosideros Carminea. It actually grows as a vine, unlike it’s full size cousin the Northern Rata (M. robusta), occuring in coastal and low land forest. It has beautiful miniature pohutukawa like red flowers during spring & summer, and thus takes on the look of a miniature pohutukawa when grown …

Mugo Pine Styling

The following are a group of raw Mugo Pine (ranging in age from 15 – 25ish years), undergoing their first proper styling. This particular group were purposefully grown to have slender trunks, allowing us to create literati styles, or create twists and turns in the trunk lines. A more elegant direction for this bunch, rather than the short powerful Black Pine feel… …

Young Black Pines

Below documents the development of Japanese Black Pine lifted from the field after 5 years growth and initial potting, training and shaping. After about 9 years the trunk is starting to acquire the beginnings of textured bark, and it’ll be another 7 or so years to develop nice fissures and age in the bark that Black Pine is famous for. For the pine below it’s …