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Hi, I was browsing the Bald Cypress threads and I couldn't help but wonder where all the flat-top pines are? This is a VERY common style for a mature pine the the south eastern US, especially here in FL.

I was wondering if anybody has or has seen good flat-top style pine bonsai, and if you would like to share pictures.

I will post pictures of mine in about 6-10 years when I have them.  8)

Interesting question.  My initial thought would be that it isn't an "accepted" style for pines.  Same for the cypress only a few years ago (and still to an extent through some parts of the world).  It isn't "natural" to most people by their experience.  That's simply not how they grow in most other areas.

But, with more thought, this could all be hooey.  The same argument used against could be used for.  It's all about the feeling of the composition.  Those that are familiar with pines in the south will recognize that this is how they grow in this part of the country.

Pines are typically seen in Japanese "pine style" and perhaps that is how we have been trained to see them as bonsai.  A strong and masculine Japanese Black Pine, or a feminine white pine, or a slender red pine bunjin certainly are images most of the bonsai world is familiar (comfortable?) with.

I say, why not create a great flat-top pine and make this an accepted alternative?

Believe me, I'm working on it. I'm also going to collect some pictures of some local pines to post. In my opinion, this is the most majestic pine style. It's a shame that people in other parts of the world are missing out on this great style.

If I am not totally mistaken, the flat-top is actually common in Penjing. I am unfortunately not that good when it comes to searching in Chinese compared to Japanese so I didn't find links to share yet.

Jay Wilson:
I thought I would share a few pictures of some local flat top pines. These are Pinus ellottii.

 I don't think these are quite what noissee is thinking about, but they are a fairly common sight around my area. I've got some pictures of the more mature wonderful trees in question, but I can't seem to find them at the moment. I'll post some when I do.

I've also a few native slash pines in pots-not very good trees. I'll try to get some not too unflattering pictures today.



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