Winter Bonsai Brilliance

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koku31There's something about Quince flowers... Here's Bill Valavanis' caption...  "A small size Toyo Nishiki Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo Nishiki’ with multiple colored flowers. Although red, pink and white blossoms are common for this great cultivar, I’ve often seen red branches grafted onto specimens to improve color distribution."

Busy day today, so we’ll revert to our old tricks. This one originally appeared in February, 2015

All the photos shown here are lifted directly from Bill Valavanis’ blog, Welcome To My Bonsai World. Bill’s account of the 2015 world famous Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition is first hand and what you see here is only a small sampling of the photos and text you’ll find on his blog.
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koku6This distinctive hunchbacked pine with its ancient bark looks like it recovered from a severe trauma long ago.

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Here’s some of what Bill has to say about Kokufu…  “I hope you have enjoyed my photos of both parts of this year’s Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition.  If you want to see better photos of the masterpiece bonsai on display, kindly subscribe to International BONSAI.  The official exhibition album showing over 400 individual bonsai will also be available from my web site as well.
Our bonsai tour is not over yet and I still have more photos, visits and experiences to share with friends, but need to find the time to process the photos. More coming……”

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Another Quince ("Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis, created from air layering the top off another bonsai"). No flowers this time, but you might notice the exfoliating bark and the pot.

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We could have titled this post Quince and Kokufu. Like the tree just above it's a Pseudocydonia sinensis.

 

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Not a quince, but a Japanese grey-bark elm (Zelkova serrata).

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You might get the impression that Kokufu is mostly about deciduous bonsai, but I don't think that's really the case (though winter is a great time show them). This one with its massive nebari could only be a Trident maple.

Visit Bill Valavanis’ blog, Welcome To My Bonsai World to enjoy many more great Kokufu bonsai.

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