Long Live the Bonsai King
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Full cascade Japanese black pine (Pinus thumbergii). Japanese for Black pine is Kuromatsu (kuro is black and matsu is pine).
Yesterday we resurrected trees from the famous Kokufu Exhibition and the response has been very positive, so why not keep digging in the same vein?
Japanese black pines are sometimes referred to a the king of bonsai. This may be in part due to their natural strength; they tend to have powerful trunks and thick lush foliage. Rugged bark doesn’t hurt either. King or not, the best of the black pines are undeniably among the most impressive bonsai in the world.
All the photos shown here are from the 89th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. We found them at Michael Bonsai.
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Is this Black pine or a semi-cascade or full-cascade? What distinguishes full from semi-cascade, is full cascades reach below the bottom of the pot. In the case the lowest point is just barely below the bottom of the pot.
Short, squat and powerful. Is that a trunk or a massive hunk of living wood with bark and branches?
Another powerful trunk, though this one has bit more of a trunk-like form. And then there are those prized deep furrows.
Another massive, strangely shaped trunk.