Styles of Bonsai
There are many styles of Bonsai and all refer to natural styles in nature. Many have Japanese names such as Ikadabuki, Netsuranari, Nebari and Shari.
You probably know that bonsai are the miniaturized versions of the big, aged trees found in nature. But do you know that bonsai have their miniature versions as well? These bonsai trees are commonly known as shohin bonsai and mame bonsai. 'Shohin' is a Japanese word.
Styleing literati bonsai - bunjingi
It's called "Literati" because it was favored among many educated artists such as poets and calligraphers.
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Styles and Styling
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Imagine yourself in the middle of the African savanna. Acaccia trees in endless fields of grass, with slow moving herds of Wildebeeste, Zebra and Giraffe. Passing herbivores nibble on the branches within reach, resulting in only the highest branches having foliage.
The two basic styles of bonsai are the classic (koten) and the informal or `comic` (bunjin). In the former, the trunk of the tree is wider at the base and tapers off towards the top; it is just the opposite in the `bunjin`, a style more difficult to master.
Raft-style, or Netsuranari, bonsai mimic a natural phenomenon that occurs when a tree topples onto its side (typically due to erosion or another natural force). Branches along the top side of the trunk continue to grow as a group of new trunks.
Raft Style (Korabuki)
Raft Style imitates those trees that have fallen down but continue to grow with the branches on one side becoming like individual trees.
Broom style Bonsai
The broom style is suited for deciduous trees with extensive, fine branching. The trunk is straight and upright and does not continue to the top of the tree; it branches out in all directions at about 1/3 the height of the tree.
Basic Styles of Bonsai Trees
The following are among the common styles of bonsai trees including the key features and specifications of each.
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Why Have Style Classifications?
Many may ask what the purpose of this intricate style classification system is for Bonsai trees. The main purpose for the system is standardization, but it also has an aesthetic function.
Bonsai Styles, some pointers
The problem with providing a set of styles for folk who are new to the hobby is that it is easy to lead them to believe that, if their tree doesn't conform to one of the styles, it's a bad bonsai, when it's not!.
There are many important decisions to make when you decide to grow a bonsai tree. First you must know which specie you would like to plant.
BONSAI STYLE----SECRET OF SHAPING
The roots along with the trunk are fundamental to a bonsai plant. They are
the starting point of making a quality bonsai. In root training, a surface root
structure, called nebari, is important to demonstrating the plant's natural
Simple Styles and Techniques
Every experienced bonsai enthusiast has his/her own personal idea of what bonsai is to them and what defining factors make them aesthetically appealing.
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This style is far is very different from traditional bonsai shapes when it comes to the roots.
On most bonsai, nebari is important (the spread of the roots at the base of the tree.)
With neagari, roots are supposed to extend from one half up to two thirds thirds of the height of the tree.
This style is the same as cascade style, but includes multiple turns on the tree cascading downwards.
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This style is quite a simple one that can be achieved by many methods. At an early age, the bonsai can be trained to an angle by means of wiring the trunk until it is in position.
This style is unusual in that the tip of the trunk is not the highest point of the tree. The image created is one of a tree growing out of the side of a cliff with the tree cascading downwards. A cascade can have a small head of upward growth.
Cascade styles are among the hardest to achieve. Generally, Junipers are the most commonly shaped trees; their hardiness and malleable nature makes them perfect for creating bonsai trees cascade style! ...
Bonsai Tree Styles: Slanting - trunk leaning to one side, with branches on both sides - apex to one side of the base
Bonsai Tree Styles: Semi Cascade - growing in a gentle downwards and horizontal direction, but not below the base of the pot ...
Five Main Styles
There are more than twenty distinct bonsai tree styles.
They are all based on the five inclinations of the trunk: ...
It is a natural style which most people will be familiar with as it is one of the most dramatic styles of tree. It is often favoured by those new to bonsai who are usually unaware that it is very difficult to create a successful windswept bonsai.
Another American style that is sure to happen is the California Oak. There is nothing else like them in the world and each species has its individual quirks, that will vary from region to region, sometimes in as little as forty miles.
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California Juniper Raft Style
Hello again, today's project is on another California Juniper. This tree is growing in what is called a raft style, which is reminiscent of a tree that has fallen over while the root ball stays intact.
Informal upright - This style seeks to mimic what a tree will look like when exposed to the elements. Although its trunk and branches may have bends, it still conveys a sense of balance and symmetry.
~s emulate trees that have developed according to the forces of nature. It is easy to go around blinkered to the wonderful diversity of tree shapes. Once you are into bonsai that “luxury' is no longer an option.
Chinese Elm bonsai may be shaped in any bonsai style, except formal upright. Twisty trunk can be formed from early growing stage. This type of plant is especially suited for the broom form of bonsai. 'S' shaped trunk style is well-known among its imports.
Bonsai come in various ~s. Below are some of the most commonly encountered ones: ...
Chokkan - Formal upright: Design is created from a tree with a straight trunk. Branches are selected in an alternating pattern, right - back - left or vica-versa with the largest space between branches toward the bottom of the tree.
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When shaping a tree, you must first decide which ~ is best suited to the tree's natural design. There are complex array of different shapes and ~s to choose from.
While the climatic conditions are a factor, you must also consider the ~ or form you desire when choosing a bonsai tree. Some ~s can be created with a variety of species, while others work best with specific types of bonsai trees and plants.
Formal Upright: ...
There are many different ~s of bonsai, but some are more common than others are. These include formal upright, informal upright, cascade, semi-cascade, raft, literati, and group / forest.
Chokkan ~ (Formal upright)
This is a most complex ~ with very specific rules for branch placement, pot selection and such. It is NOT a ~ for beginners, and even experienced artists approach this one with caution. Some of the sub-categories of uprights include: ...
The easy formation of aerial roots on Scheffleras allows them to make great banyan ~ trees. The logo tree of Fuku-Bonsai trained by David Fukumoto is a fabulous example of this ~.
Broom ~. It refers to a tree that grows upright from its root, extends branc...
~s: - five main (but over 30 in all):
2.Informal upright (curved trunk)
My ~ has just happened, and derives from the overall appearance of trees in my parcel of nature and those in other parcels all around the country and world.
No ~ of gardening has generated so much fascinated attention in America as the Japanese, yet to create a truly authentic Japanese garden here is very difficult.
The ~ still requires a tapered trunk, however the trunk direction and branch positioning is more informal and closer to the way a tree would look when exposed to the elements.
What ~ does the tree naturally suggest?
Formal upright (primarily conifers);
Informal upright (most trees);
Windswept (especially junipers, pines, myrtle);
Cascade (many varieties, especially juniper, elephant's food, flowering types);
Broom-~ (especially, elm and zelkova); ...
Many ~s of bonsai feature a broadly triangle shape. Any new growth which breaks this outline can be removed to prevent the tree looking overgrown. You can also see that there are empty spaces between the branches. These empty spaces will fill up with new growth which should be pruned off.
Bonsai can be loosely divided into tropical plants, deciduous shrubs and evergreens. There are several classifications, such as formal upright, informal upright, cascade and windswept.
Following are five ~s that seem to be agreed upon basic or fundamental designs.
Bonsai ~s ---
chokkan - Formal Upright
The chokkan bonsai typically has a single, upright trunk that tapers toward the top, branches are symmetrically balanced and well spaced.
Bonsai ~ - "Clump". More crowded in appearance than a group planting as the trunks all grow from the same point on the root mass.
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Bonsai ~s are traditional and come from the Japanese. They include formal upright, informal upright, windswept, cascade, and forest, and several others that are less used.
Two other ~s of bonsai mentioned include the literati and group/forest. In the first case, you have small amounts of branches, which are trained high up on contorted or twisted trunk. In fact, this particular ~ often includes an S-shape on the lower portion of the trunk.
Formal Upright (Chokkan) The pose of the plant is very close to 100% vertical. The objective is to show balance but not strict symmetry. This ~ is best for conifers. Informal Upright (Moyogi) The pose of this ~ is near vertical.
Choosing a ~
You should always remember that you are working with live material when structuring a bonsai.
The cascade ~ of bonsai represents a natural tree growing down the face of an embankment. A cascaded planting usually looks best in a deep round or hexagonal container.
This tree was ~d by the owner during a demonstration given at the Australian Plants as Bonsai show in 2003. The weeping ~ was adopted to replicate the naturally curved and. pendulous branches of old bottlebrush trees in nature.
Other bonsai ~s: slanting, broom, windswept, multiple trunk (twin, triple, or clump), and rock planting (on, in, or over a rock). Deserving special classification based on size is the miniature (Shohin) bonsai (less than 10 inches).
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Root Over Rock ~:
roots are trained down over stone
roots trained into bed of soi
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Wide spreading ~s look good in pots that flare outward at the top or have a lip on the outer rim
Tall slender trees are complemented by very simple round pots
Trees that cascade over the edge of the pot should be in deep special cascade pots.
broom ~ - A training form for bonsai which resembles an inverted broom with a single trunk dividing into many symmetric branchlets which subdivide into twigs and so forth. See Hokidachi ...
Shakan Bonsai ~ - All About The Shakan ~ Of Bonsai
Japanese bonsai sculptors have gotten into developing a lot of involved as well as meticulous types of bonsai wherein every component is situated exactly right. This is obvious within the shakan ~ of bonsai, or slanting, technique.
Clustered bonsai ~. Many seedlings placed with roots intertwined which will fuse together and appear as a single multi-trunk tree or group.
I will work on and ~ any healthy bonsai-stock or bonsai. Even though I may do all the work, it will still be a collaboration and discussion before I start. The tree(s) can be dropped off or I can come and work at your place.
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Bunjin - a traditional Japanese bonsai ~; also called literati. This is a tree that has a tall, slender trunk with foliage growing only near the top; illustrating maturity and the casting off of material things.
' Any tree from 4 inches to full size can be ~d to conform to Bonsai standards. In Japan, park trees are pruned and bent to evoke more impact than one left to it's own devises.
Specifically, pines have served as the ~ models for bonsai, with downsloping lower branches alternating from outside curves with well-defined foliage planes eventually culminating in a broad rounded apex.
Bonsai is a representation of many things: of the environment from which the tree comes, of the person who ~s it, and most importantly, bonsai is an expression of culture. At Mirai, the garden, school, and facilities are constantly evolving.
Illustrations of bonsai ~s.
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Trees and shrubs are suitable for traditional bonsai. Specialty nurseries often have a wide selection of dwarf and semidwarf varieties of many species.
They are generally ~d very simply with a twist or two onto the trunk and are invariably grafted onto the stronger Black Pine base. Some varieties have very dense needle growth while others have very short needle clusters.
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The plant can be shaped and ~d to suit individual tastes and is most often made to appear as a miniature tree, to be able to achieve this the plant must be able to be pruned regularly and so easily managed shrubs or trees are generally chosen for bonsai.
Because the environment and nature is different in each country, the shohin-bonsai must accordingly be ~d to fit this. Therefore several ~s coexist.
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30. Fukinagashi - a traditional Japanese bonsai ~; also called windswept. This is a tree that has its trunk and branches swept back in one direction; illustrating a tree exposed to very forceful winds.
31. Genus - a unit of classification for a group of closely related plants.
If you understand the above sequence of how a tree developed its form over the years, you'll be in a better position to continue to maintain the shape of your tree, to improve it, and to even re~ it.
There is no shortage of ~s, glazing, colors or shape as ceramic pots are available as rectangular, oval, square, lotus as well as a for a 'water and land' presentation.
Glazed or Unglazed?
Japanese concave cutters, also known as Mataeda Hasanmi, are necessary to ~ bonsai and pre-bonsai nursery stock; they are specifically designed to cut branches flush to the trunk and its particular design ensures that there is no western bonsai cutter equivalent to Japanese concave cutters.
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A young bonsai being pruned for the first time requires particular care, since its basic shape and ~ will be decided then. When the tree gets a little older, branches are cut to achieve a better balance, taking into consideration things like the direction, density and length of the branches.
Usually the younger the tree, the cheaper, but it's all down to ~, and the way it looks which puts the price up.
Saying bonsai trees are an investment, no-one likes spending a lot of money on something that keels over with roots reaching for the sky, within a matter of weeks.
In nature, succulents follow such bonsai ~s as broom, informal upright, slanted, prostrate, semicascade, windswept, literati, and grotesque. Bonsai artists are also creating new interpretations of these traditional stylistic models based on the growth habits of succulent species.
During this period the Japanese developed a passion for growing plants and gardens and in this period Bonsai ~s appear on prints and illustrations along with life's events and landscapes.
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