This is not Mas' famous tree. That old tree is at the Golden State Bonsai Collection at Lake Merritt(Golden State Bonsai collection North). I no longer work on that tree. I visited that tree several times. It is like visiting an old friend.
This cork bark black pine used to belong to Mas' friend. He said it grows from seed. The tree is about 80 years old. I think this tree is the oldest cork bark that is grown in the USA.
It was yellow and weak when i got it. In 2004, Mas' familiy asked me to pick a tree from the collection as a gift. I picked this tree. It was so yellow that Mas' son said 'Are you sure? it may not make it.
I took it home and repotted it. Jonas (www.bonsaitonight.com
) , my student, helped me repot this tree. it took us 4 hours to finished the tedious work. We are sure that the tree will survive. After repotting, new buds started to grow but very small. New needle was short but green. A year later, old needle dropped new candles grew healthier. I decandled the tree twice since i have it. first time, it is to push new interior buds to grow and the second time in 2008 to get it ready for the show in Jan 2009.
We changed the pot and showed it in Jan 2009. Mas' son and his wife came to see the show. They are happy to see this tree growing healthy.
This year, i let it grow freely until October. John Callaway worked on it and John McDonald finished the work. Both John have studied with me for a few years. I trust them to work on my tree.
I tried to find the earlier picture of this tree before i work on it. but i could not find it.