Oaks As Bonsai

I think we don’t grow enough oaks as bonsai.  As a genus, Quercus is one of the more agreeable out there.  Aside from being strong as oaks (ha!), this genus features a vast number of choices suitable to pot culture.  I’ve written before about live oak and...

New Bonsai In The Making

I love spring because there’s always new material to work on.  That’s one great thing about bonsai: no two are exactly alike.  Even though any given species has a particular growth habit, when you start building a bonsai you don’t know for sure...

Developing A Sweetgum Bonsai

Several years ago I began growing the Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua, you see below in a nursery container.  It grew fairly typically for Sweetgum, nice and straight as it reached for the sun attempting to become 80 feet tall.  Periodically I would chop the growing...