Japanese wisteria floribunda macrobotrys

Japanese wisteria, Wisteria floribunda macrobotrys

 

We always enjoy visiting Kew Gardens during the dormant season; they have a fantastic selection of trees and calling in at this time of year allows you to see the structure of the plants better. And no trip to Kew Gardens is complete without popping into the Bonsai House and seeing how the collection is going. 

Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii

Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii

Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis

Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis

Bought from a bonsai nursery in Nagoya, Japan, this Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia sinensis is estimated to be over 130 years old. The pot was created by British potter Bryan Albright.

Cyprus cedar, Cedrus brevifolia

Cyprus cedar, Cedrus brevifolia

This Cyprus cedar, Cedrus breviflolia has been styled using a slanted trunk and grown on an artificial slab made at Kew. When grown on slabs, the sun and atmosphere have a self-pruning effect on the roots, keeping it neat. This evergreen bonsai is estimated to be 45+ years old.

Maidenhair, Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair, Ginkgo biloba

The Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba is a unique species with no close living relatives. This bonsai was brought from Japan. Its purchase was made possible by a donation by Mr Seiji Morimae.

Japanese larch, Larix kaempferi

Japanese larch, Larix kaempferi

The purchase of this Japanese larch,¬†Larix kaempferi was made possible by the kind donation of Mr Seiji Morimae in 2009. In Japan the Japanese larch is called ‘Karamatsu’ where it is an important tree for forestry.

Crab apple, Malus haliana

Crab apple, Malus haliana

Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora

Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora

This Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora was purchased in 1966 from Mansei-en Bonsai Nursery in Omiya, Japan. This bonsai is estimated to be 100 years old and cultivated in pot for over 50 years, meaning it probably came from the wild. The pot is Japanese, from the city of Tokoname.

European larch, Larix decidua

European larch, Larix decidua

This European larch, Larix decidua was raised from seed in the UK, and is now about 50 years old.

Japanese cork-bark maple, Acer palmatum 'arakawa'

Japanese cork-bark maple, Acer palmatum ‘arakawa’

This bonsai has been grown from seed, which was sent from Japan in 1967. Acer palmatum ‘arakawa’ is primarily grown for its unusual rough bark and beautiful autumn colour.

Juniper, Juniperus chinensis 'itiogawa'

Juniper, Juniperus chinensis ‘itiogawa’

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