Ezo Spruce Now Available!

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Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog.

Ezo Spruce collected, trained and donated to the US National Bonsai Museum by Saburo Kato There are six spruce species native to the northern and high mountain regions of Japan. The “Ezo spruce,” Picea glehnii, is the best and most commonly trained spruce for bonsai in Japan. The correct botanical name for this spruce is Red Ezo spruce, Aka Ezo matsu in Japanese, because of the opening reddish new growth. In the bonsai community it is commonly called “Ezo spruce.” Ezo is the old name for Hokkaido. A common name for this species is Sakhalin spruce in the horticultural community.  Ezo Spruce, Picea glehnii Another similarly named spruce, the Yeddo spruce, Picea jezoensis, is commonly mistaken for the Ezo spruce, especially outside Japan. The correct name for this spruce is Black Ezo spruce, Kuro Ezo matsu, in Japanese because of the dark bark. This species is NOT trained for bonsai in Japan because of the large coarse needles which are about twice the size of the Red Ezo spruce. I asked Mr. Kato, whose father was a pioneer and collector of Ezo spruce in northern Japan, about the difference between Red and Black Ezo spruce and he told me, we never use Black Ezo spruce because it is too large with coarse foliage. This species is often named Ezo spruce in the horticultural world, however it is not the species trained for bonsai in Japan. Yeddo Spruce, Picea jezoensis About 50 years ago there was an Ezo spruce boom in Japan and the dwarf cultivars became quite…

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