Botanical Misnomers & an Old Tree from Left Field

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cedar6You like unconventional? Crazy? How about daring? Notice how the color and design of the pot plays with the wild deadwood and the small touch of moss on the left mirrors the foliage. Just another bonsai from left field by crafty old Nick Lenz, master left fielder, author and preeminent collector-from-the-wild of cedars, larches and other North American gems. This photo is from North American Bonsai (out of print).

Still on vacation (we’ll be back and Stone Lantern will be open on the 14th). The photo above originally appeared on Bark in a post titled Eccentric Bonsai #8, Nick’s Crafty Cedar,  from December 2009.

The trees featured here are commonly called a Northern (or Eastern) white cedar, when in fact they are actually a variety of Arborvitae (botanical name; Thuja occidentalis)
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PCcedar09.02-500x6231Northern white cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) by Paul Chong of the Toronto Bonsai Society. This photo originally appeared in post titled: More Cedars from Our Friends Up North (August, 2010)

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Lots of trees that aren’t cedars are called cedars, including at least one juniper (Eastern red cedar; Juniperus virginiana), one false cypress (Atlantic white cedar; Chamaecyparis thyoides), the California Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) and no doubt others. What most of these share is fan shaped foliage. Interestingly, true cedars (Cedrus) don’t have fan shaped foliage. Confused? You’re not alone.

There are a handful of true cedars (Cedrus) in the world, the best known of which are: the Deodar cedar (C. deodara) from the Himalayas, and two from the Mediterranean: the Lebanon cedar (C. libani) and the Atlas cedar (C. atlantica).

 

suthin51That's a Cedar on the right. As you can see, it and the other trees in this photo are by Suthin Sukosolvisit. From a post titled Much More Than Just Shohin (Feb 2012)


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Closeup of Suthin's shohin Cedar. A little fuzzy, but you get the idea

 

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