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This is the first ponderosa I styled. Fortunately I had Toshio Saburomaru guiding me. I have a soft spot for ponderosas as bonsai. To me they are legitimately old, neat looking, rugged, and free for the collecting. Now I look back 20 years and wonder how the heck I ever climbed the mountain to get it. This is one of the more interesting trees I collected. It has a wild look about it and I was able to create a literati out of it. When a tree has survived about 200-250 years, like this one, you don't get too hung up on traditional style. The old bark is magnificent, the growth is nature inspired. All I did was tweak it. The growth rate is so slow that I don't have to prune more than every couple of years and repot every 5 years or so. I did some restyling a couple of years ago. In the spirit of total disclosure, I must say that I do trim the needles for a neater appearance. This tree was collected in the Colorado mountains.
This bonsai is in a basic bonsai pot. The overall height is 33".
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 $525.00Description and photos, June 2011.
Ponderosa pine bonsai
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.
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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.