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Welcome to my site !

Here you will find a detailed guide to my bonsai trees.

Plus all sorts of information about bonsai as an art and hobby.

Included are : pictures, history, My Bonsai gallery , styles, techniques, care and a link page.

The evolution of all my bonsai plants are shown with a lot photos, so everyone can follow their progression.

The transition of nursery stock or collected material is a slow process.

But in some cases you will be surprised how quick a tree can grow and transform into a bonsai !


Bonsai Gallery

The case studies

(click on below pictures to see the case studie and evolution of my trees)
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bonsai Prunus almond flower

Prunus Glandulosa Sinensis (New)

Bush Cherry,var."Rosa Plena". Prunus is a genus of more than 200 species of deciduous trees. All very use-full in bonsai culture. The flowers and fruit are a plus.
Style: Literati.




bonsai acer

Acer Palmatum (New)

The Acer Palmatum or Japanese Maple bonsai needs somewhat more care than the acer buergerianum. Place the tree out the wind and in a shady place to avoid leaf burn.
Style: Growing on a rock Bonsai style or Seki-joju.




kyohime Acer Broom

Acer Kyohime (New)

A bonsai broom from an Acer Kyohime is a classic...I must have one in my collection. Bonsai is a horticulture art. Click and you will see that the horticultural skills are as important as the artistic side to bonsai. You need pruning, re potting, knowledge of the soil, guy wires, defoliation and much other techniques.
Style: Broom or Hokidachi.




Parthenocissus bonsai

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Parthenocissus quinquefolia or Virginia creeper can make a wonderful bonsai. Every branch and twig of a bonsai is shaped or cut off until the chosen image is achieved. After that, all you need is patience to enjoy the wonderful autumn colours of this wild vine.
Style: Informal

 

Acer Buergerianum

Acer buergerianum

The Trident Maple, a relatively care-free species. Pay attention when frost below -5C, give it shelter. This species makes a lot of root and you need to re pot every year.
Style: Formal Upright or Chokkan.




Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles (Update)

Windswept Quince. In a gallery of bonsai I always look for the bonsai with flowers first. This chaenomelis never let's me down. At the end of winter it's always first to show its beauty.
Style: Windswept or Fukinagash.




Potentilla

Potentilla

Another Cinquefoil in broom style. Worldwide there are about 500 species of potentillas.Potentilla bonzai need to have a moist root environment. Watering more frequently, planting the tree in a deeper pot or adding more organic material to the soil mixture is needed.
Style: Broom or Hokidachi.


Prunus Padus bonsai gallery

Prunus Padus

Place a stick in the ground and it becomes a bonsai. This one is really started from scratch. If you want to see an evolution from stick to bonsai click on the link-picture on the left: You will be surprised! Bird Cherry grows like weed. When you start with a yamadori Bird Cherry, you will have to re-pot it into a small container very soon to keep it contained.
Style: Informal upright Bonsai or Moyogi.



Sumo Ligustrum gallery

Ligustrum

In the beginning, 6years ago it was a 4meter tall tree. I gradually pruned it down to 25cm! All the original branches are replaced by new ones.
Style: Sumo Bonsai - Informal.



Taxus Baccata

Taxus baccata

Yew, it has needles, so normally not my favor bonsai plant. But for a Taxus I make an exception. On the contrary to what I read in books, my Yew grows very fast and I like its dark green foliage. This one is grown from seed, so it has a long time ahead of him. Now pay attention: Bonsai seeds do not exist!!! the seeds used are just the normal seeds that grow the big trees. the only difference is the treatment of the plants after germination.
Style: Formal Upright or Chokkan.


Ligustrum obtusifolium

Ligustrum obtusifolium (Update)

Korean Privet. Easy tree, less vigorous than the common privet. Click the small picture on the left and you can see that I have tried to find the smallest tree within the original tree.
Style: Formal Upright or Chokkan.




Spiraea Japonica goldmound

Spiraea Japonica goldmound (Update)

For a number of reasons my favourite tree. It got nice light green foliage. Delicate rose flowers. And most of all, like many of my bonsai, I made this one myself from scratch. Bonsai is not supposed to be an expensive hobby. Great trees can be made with a minimum of financial input.
Style: Formal broom

 

Dino-Ligustrum

ligustrum - Privet

This is a yamadori common privet. For obvious reasons I call it my Dino.
Style: exposed root.




Acer Palmatum Dissectum

Acer Palmatum Dissectum (Update)

This species Japanese Maple absolutely hates windy and too sunny conditions. Placement of this tree must be shady and out of the wind. There are not many good "Dissectum-bonsai" around. To promote shorter internodes, early pinching is absolutely needed.
style: slanting or Shakkan style.



Potentilla

Potentilla

Cinquefoil is a trouble free plant. Put it Sunny and give lots of water. You cannot afford to let the soil dry out for one hour, the tree will not survive. A detailed history of the bonsai can be found when you click on the picture on the left
Style: Broom or Hokidachi.



Acer campestre

Acer Campestre

A "mame" Field Maple. It's still small and young, but every tree once was. Click the picture on the left and see that starting bonsai from a seedling is very much possible.
Style: slanting or Shakkan




Zelkova

Zelkova Serrata

I bought this Japanese Zelkova in spring 2003. Click the photo to see it's evolution. For pruning, shoots should be cut back, leaving just one to two leaves.
Style: Formal Upright or Chokkan.



Snowberry

Symphoricarpos (Update)

An urban yamadori this snowberry. Unusual tree and unusual style. Check it out.
Style: Windswept or Fukinagashi




Spiraea grove

spiraea arguta

I am trying to create a forest here. Starting from a container plant, Spiraea is a beautiful ornamental plant, we now want to make it into a bonsai forest.
Style: forest or Yose Ue



Viburnum

Viburnum Opulus

Unusual bonsai species. I am trying anyway. I have good hopes for this one. Let's wait and see.
Style: formal upright style or Chokkan.



Satsuki

Satsuki

Azalea is not so difficult as many think. It hates lime! So it needs lime free soil and give only rain water. Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum) is a quite popular species for bonsai, admired for both its variety, hardiness and spectacular flowers.
Style: Semi-cascade-style or Han Kengai


Salix Purpurea nana

Salix Purpurea nana

This willow is a special dwarf species.
Style: multi-trunk style or Ikadabuki.


 
Acer Palmatum Katsura

Acer Palmatum Katsura (Update)

Japanese Maple with splendid spring and autumn color leafs. The colors start in spring as yellow-orange, intensifying into bright orange, softening in summer to yellow-green, then turning in fall to hot red color.
Style: Informal upright style, or Moyogi.


Euonymus

Euonymus

This is the European Spindle tree. As branches are brittle they are not easy to form into bonsai. Also it's slow growing. But the scarlet seed capsules and pinkish-orange fall color makes it worth trying.
Style: multi-trunk style or Ikadabuki.



Ilex Crenata

Ilex Crenata

Holly is a slow grower and very difficult to set the branches with wiring.
Style: multi-trunk style or Ikadabuki.



Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

This coto was subject to big changes in his live. The Cotoneaster is a hardy and easy to grow plant, whose small, attractive leaves and flowers make it an excellent tree for bonsai cultivation.
Style: Informal upright Bonsai or Moyogi.



Potentilla

Potentilla (Update)

Again another Cinquefoil this time a Han-kengai style. Potentilla are vigorous and require fortnightly maintenance pruning. Always keep soil moist, especially in summer. Position in full sun to semi shade.There are many species, all eminently suitable for use as bonsai.
Style: Semi-cascade or Han-kengai style.



Metasequoia

Metasequoia

Dawn redwood, The tree was thought to have been extinct for perhaps a million years. Only recently it was discovered alive and well in China. In this case I started with a nursery tree. These species need a lot of water, they accualy like wet feet.
Style: Formal Upright or Chokkan.


juniperus

Juniper Chinensis

Juniperus ... you must have at least one in your collection. It is not enough just to put a tree in a pot and see what happens. The result would not look like a tree. Every branch of a bonsai must be shaped until the ultimate image is achieved. This process can take long or short depending on the plant you started with.
Style: Informal upright Bonsai or Moyogi.






Bonsai care information

What do I need to get started

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tools
soil

In this part I will cover the minimun requirements to get started with bonsai.

Questions like; What kind of special tools do I need?

Do I start with indoor or outdoor bonsai?

But also : What kind of soil mix can I use?

Check it out...this is the first step to get started with bonsai.

And hopefully ones you will create your own bonsai gallery on the web.

Succes !


New BONSAI art

 2004 Jacques Graulus