Back in January I posted a blog about this Live oak, Quercus virginiana. Chop, lift, pot. A nice Live oak bonsai in the making. A good client of mine thought it would make a nice tree to get some styling practice on, so it got a future home pretty quickly.
I have some other oaks that are pushing strong growth now. Here’s a nice Water oak specimen (Quercus nigra). The shoots are still too tender to wire, but by May or thereabouts it’ll be time for an initial styling.
How about a nice shohin Willow oak, Quercus phellos?
It’s all of 7″ to the chop, but I didn’t get any budding in the top 2″ of the tree so it’s going to get even shorter. That branch a little ways down the trunk is ideal to chop to.
But that doesn’t need to be done now; the tree’s root system has to get established first.
This little guy should be fun to work on.