Clump Style Bonsai – Multiple Trunks with a Single Root Stystem

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.

We found this extraordinary clump style Japanese maple on Bonsai Nakayoshi (sorry the link is no longer active). You can imagine that all the smaller trunks started as suckers on the roots of the main tree (you could also imagine that they started from seeds dropped by the main tree; in which case each seed would have its own roots, so that wouldn’t qualify as a clump style bonsai). Staying on our clump style theme from yesterday, I borrowed this one from our archives.  It was titled Multiple Trunks Sharing a Single Root System – Clump Style Bonsai Forests (technically, I don’t think you would call a clump style bonsai a forest), and it was posted in August, 2015 Any discussion of multiple trunk bonsai should include clump style (Japanese: Kabudachi or Kabubuki) . Rather than boring you with my take on clumps, here’s something that I lifted from ofBONSAI Magazine (the link from 2015 is no longer live – the same goes for most of the links in this post) “Clump style bonsai should have three or more odd number trunks grown from a single point (this definitive statement about odd number trunks is common, particularly with Japanese artists – here’s more on this). The natural equivalent might be a group of trees that have sprouted from a single cone, or a collection of mature suckers springing from the base of a single tree (in both cases they all share the same roots). All branches should grow outwards towards the light and create an overall triangular shape…

Go to the source blog (Bonsai Bark Blog) to read the full article: Clump Style Bonsai – Multiple Trunks with a Single Root Stystem