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Ponderosa pine deadwood

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For good reason, horticultural efforts do not tend to focus on death. Bonsai is an exception. deadwood exposed in old trees can reveal the difficulty and character defining better than any other feature tree.

One of the best places to appreciate the deadwood on Bonsai is Elandan gardens in Bremerton, Washington. Elandan is an incredible expression of imagination of Dan Robinson – a museum of bonsai nurseries and reclaimed land along the shores of Puget Sound. I think the best way to introduce the museum is appreciating a great example of natural deadwood found in a Ponderosa pine whose character and age is well expressed in the scaly fissures of his weathered trunk.

Ponderosa pine deadwood

Ponderosa pine deadwood

Ponderosa pine deadwood

wonderful curves and flakes and splinters

Ponderosa pine deadwood

unmistakable signs of age

the tree is more than three feet tall – a winding specimen with sparse foliage above the curves tighten as the trunk is nearing its apex

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Ponderosa pine

Ponderosa pine in Elandan Gardens

As you can see by the environment, Robinson has created an environment for trees that retains elements of the mountains where the trees were harvested. It is a nice touch and a great way to focus the attention of visitors in the details that take so much interest in it -. Deadwood

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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