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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: JRob on March 16, 2014, 07:57 PM

Title: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: JRob on March 16, 2014, 07:57 PM
I had a great week at the St. Louis Study GRoup with Michael Hagedorn. In Kato's book "Forest, Rock Planting & Ezo Sproce Bonsai" there is a picture on page 19 of his mixed forest style. When the photo was taken the planting was about 30 years old and 41" high. I have been fascinated with the concept since I first saw it. So today with Mike's help in a Demig pot I have been holding for my planting we executed a forest of the following species; Fagus crenate (Japanese Beech), Corylopsis spicata (Spike Winter Hazel), Chojubai (white form), Acer buergeranum (Trident Maple), Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple and Zelkova serrate (Japanese Elm).
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: bwaynef on March 16, 2014, 10:16 PM
That is quite a mix of species.  How did you come to decide on using those trees?
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: augustine on March 18, 2014, 09:42 AM
JRob,

The composition is very nice. It will look great in leaf.

Best,

Augustine
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: JRob on March 18, 2014, 01:05 PM
Thanks, It looks better in person. The photo looks flat and does not show its demision and perspective well. I'll take one from the side. JRob
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: Sorce on March 18, 2014, 02:24 PM
I would love to know too. Was there any special consideration for the species, or placement of them?

I like it too! :o
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: JRob on March 18, 2014, 06:36 PM
All, species were selected for interest. Chojubai & Winter Hazel for the early flowers when everything else will be leafless, the others for interest of bark, leaves and fall color. I'll post pictures through the seasons. JRob
Title: Re: Mixed Forest Style - Inspired by Kato
Post by: Joshua Hanzman on April 02, 2014, 10:18 PM
I think it looks nice as well! for a relative idea of size, can you tell us the width of the larger trunk? An estimate would be fine to gauge...

I heard you say there is chojubai in there but do not see any of there trademark thorns, did you remove them?