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I am here to help you acquire, style and maintain the finest collected and field-grown material available anywhere for bonsai.

Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced artist, please think of me as a resource you can count on. 

Each tree you see on this site has been personally collected/grown/selected (for those I’ve acquired from other collectors/growers), pruned, potted, and in the case of “finished” trees, styled by me. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that mine is the final word on any of these bonsai; it’s a given that in the wonderful world of bonsai, there are many tastes and many different views on what makes a great tree.  You may like what I’ve done and simply work to refine and maintain the design.  You may choose to re-style the tree based on your own vision.

Either way is perfectly fine!

My bonsai philosophy revolves around one simple fact:

“Better Material Means Better Bonsai.”

If you start with great material, then no matter what direction you take the tree in you’re hard-pressed to go wrong.  I like to think it’s not that easy to make something bad out of something really good (though it certainly can be done).

The bottom line is, we all work with whatever material we acquire, or collect, or happen across.  Treat yourself to a little of the finer material that’s out there.  Your collection will be much better off for it.

And don’t forget, I’m always available to answer any questions you might have.  Just leave your comment or question below.


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How to Use This Website

Our website is geared toward presenting you with BONSAI and PRE-BONSAI that are of superior character, so you can focus on artistic design.  You’ll also find ARTICLES on various bonsai topics.

I don’t know about you, but along with the pure enjoyment of bonsai I really love all the doing that goes into this art/hobby:

  • the collecting,
  • the workshops,
  • the exhibitions,
  • laying out the display garden,
  • pinching,
  • pruning,
  • potting,
  • repotting,
  • wiring,
  • unwiring,
  • rewiring;
  • even the weeding and feeding.

All of these things are part of a greater whole, which I guess is another way of saying that bonsai is much more than the sum of its parts.

Please enjoy these pages, and please keep me in mind as you make your bonsai journey.

I would love to help you in any way I can. If you would like feedback about a bonsai you already own or are interested in learning more about any of the bonsai pictured here (bonsai), here (pre-bonsai), or here (gallery), just leave your comment or question below (or you can always email privately).

Thank you and Happy Bonsai-ing!


Zach Smith – 30 Years’ Experience

Fine Quality and Specimen Bonsai for Sale
Fine Quality Pre-Bonsai for Sale

Specializing in Large Collected and Field-Grown Deciduous Trees

Prices Include Standard Shipping in the Continental U.S. on All Trees

10 Replies to “Start Here!”

  1. Trent

    Hi Mr smith.
    I was wondering where I could find pictures of the American Hornbeam you just posted today on your blog. I would like to see what it looked like when you first got it. And also do you have and stuff for American beech. It is my favorite tree and I have some at home I’m working on. Thanks so much and glad I stumbled upon your blog. Great stuff.

    • Zach Smith Post author

      Thanks, Trent. I have a couple of other photos of this tree on my blog. One appeared this past January, and I can’t remember where the other one is at present. Send me an email and I can send you back the earliest photo I have of it, from 2011. As for American beech, I’ve worked them before but they’re tough subjects. Slow growing, with usually only one flush of growth per year. They take a bit more patience than I can muster at present.

  2. Robert C. King

    Beautiful trees. What else is available in pre-bonsai? I need about 7 trees with diameters from 1 to 3″. Thanks


  3. Trent Stuart

    Was wondering the best time to wire? Mostly deciduous tress have some mugo pine and a new spruce. Thanks for help.

    • Zach Smith Post author

      Trent, there’s really no bad time to wire provided you don’t crack a branch. For me, I do most of my wiring from spring through summer. I’ve never had any ill effects from wiring regardless of season, though, as long I didn’t crack something – you need to be in the vigorous growing season to properly overcome the damage.

  4. Robert Gardner

    Last year I wrote about trying the make three Paperbark Maples into one trunk.
    Well I am very happy to say they fused great into one nice tree. I had to unwrap it
    this fall as the trunk growth was tearing my binding tape. The trunk is about 2 inches in diamenter with the trees about 18 inches tall. I am going to start some branch development this spring with a little wire work. Some pruning and maybe a little root work. Thanks for all the good words you pass on to everyone.


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