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Every time I visit the Golden State Bonsai Federation Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, different trees caught my attention. The last time I went through, some of the biggest trees I found a good look. bonsai bigger is not necessarily better, but larger have some advantages. For example, it is easier for the trunk of a large black pine to develop the deep crust furrowed we prize bonsai pine. There is more room for dead juniper wood to twist and turn, and more opportunities to appreciate the nature of the deadwood itself, with its fissures timeworn transmitting exposure to harsh environments.
I also like that I have to move my head to enjoy everything from a large tree. It is very good to keep a small tree in hand and check, but it’s a different feeling when you have to move to appreciate a larger sample size.
Here, then, are some of the largest trees on display at Bonsai Garden this fall.
Shimpaku grafted in Sierra juniper
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com