We purchased this tree from Marco Invernizzi about 4 years ago. He, of course, had bought the tree in Japan.
The above photo shows the tree on the bench in the nursery of origin. The photo below, also in that nursery, gives a better idea of the scale of the tree.
This next picture shows just how small a pot the tree was in and growing very well in it ! An illustration of why it is often a good idea to invest your hard-earned bonsai spending money in Japanese sourced raw material, many years spent under root training making it quite straight forward to transfer the tree in a suitable bonsai pot at the appropriate time.
These first photos are all courtesy of Marco and I thank him for that , at the time he seemed very pleased with his purchase !
When I got the tree back to the nursery, I accidentally broke the terracotta pot that the tree came in and was forced to re-pot into a different, but still temporary container. On reflection it was probably quite a good thing to have done as once the tree had recovered from the shock of moving from Japan to the north of the United Kingdom it began to grow very well.
However, having experienced its first severe winter in our nursery the tree seemed much less happy and we now feel that it benefits from being over wintered in our poly tunnel.
Viewed from the side shown in the photo below gives a clearer view of the powerful live vein.
There are an abundance of branches with which to build the structure when we get started.
Clearly the impressive deadwood will be a major feature of the bonsai .
The next picture highlights the very powerful live vein but shows that there is a fair bit of refining of deadwood to be done when we get started.
Below we see how the flowing jins seen from the front need careful treatment to maintain as far as possible their aged appearance whilst refining the shape.
The jins that rise above the pot level need careful refinement as they show good surface ageing but are quite heavy in appearance.
I will add a recent photo when I can which will show very strong growth in the foliage since these pictures were taken. So far no shaping at all has been attempted, there is no rush ! It will be an interesting and rewarding project working on this magnificent tree.
3 recent photos courtesy of my good friend Bonsai Eejit showing the very strong growth in the second half of this year.
The last picture shows the nice rich red colour of the live vein as it continues to develop.
I may add one further image later with a plain background to show the tree a little more clearly.
The above photo taken today, lots of nice extensions to this years growth !