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One time when I went collecting my wife said to bring back a few trees her size to bonsai. This is one of those. The tree is about 200 years, but, of more diminutive size. I liked the slant style, but, was always intrigued by the base. I always wondered what it would look like if I cut it off about 8" high. Now that it is time to divest myself, you'll have to tell me. I do trim needles on smaller ponderosa bonsai to keep them looking neat.
The pot is a nice Chinese pot. Overall height is 32", height above the soil is 28".
This ponderosa was collected near Douglas, Wyoming about 20 years ago. Based on terminal bud scale scars I'd estimate the age at 200 years.
The price includes all packaging, handling, and shipping charges, a $250.00 value. Your bonsai will be packed in a sturdy container filled with styrofoam peanuts and strapped to a pallet. We ship via UPS Freight. By shipping in this manner we have had no damage to trees or pots. You'll also end up with enough peanuts to take care of your Christmas needs for several years.
SALE $650.00Description and photos, June 2009.
How do we know how old it is? There are two ways to measure the age. The trees we collect are growing in a pocket in the rock, they're naturally dwarfed and stunted. A few of the trees we collect don't make it. We cut them off at the base and count the rings under a microscope. We assume that trees from the same area growing under the same conditions will grow at the same rate. We've found that these trees grow at the rate of 100 years per inch in diameter. The second way is to count terminal bud scale scars. Every year the tip of a branch develops a terminal bud. That bud is protected by a hull or scale. When the bud opens the scale falls off leaving a scar. In the area we collect there are about 10 scars per inch. By measuring the distance from the base of the tree to the tip of the branch and multiplying by 10 per inch we get a good measure of age. Averaging the two methods gives us a pretty good idea of age.
Ponderosa pine bonsai
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A note about photos - the appearance of the actual tree may differ slightly from the photo because of minor changes due to normal growth. We take new pictures when there is a substantial change in appearance rather than every time we pinch or prune. The date of the most recent picture is shown in the description.