Today we got an earlier start so we could beat the heat. We also benefited from cloud cover during most of the lifting. The results would have been just as good, but it’s always nice when you don’t have to suffer so much.

Let’s start off with this clump-style specimen. Notice anything unusual about it? For you Japan-o-philes, you know the number four is considered bad luck there and so you won’t see any four-tree forests or four-trunk multi-trunk style bonsai in the Japanese shows (at least as far as I know).

Well, I pondered how to comply with this “rule,” but no matter which of these trunks I thought of eliminating, I lost more than I gained. I had to conclude that this tree needs its four trunks to look right.

It’s going to make a fine bonsai for someone who isn’t superstitious.

Trunk base 2.5″, height 20″ to the tip of the tallest trunk.

Here’s a specimen Cathy found. Isn’t that trunk movement awesome! The rootage is likewise awesome, but it’s buried to keep it from drying out.

My plan for this one is to slip-pot it into a beautiful Lary Howard pot I got in yesterday, this coming spring.

Trunk base 2.5″, 22″ to the tip of the apex.

Here’s a tree destined for the Bonsai South collection. It’s a truly lovely twin-trunk. The base is great, the taper perfect, and the trunk has really nice movement.

The trunk on this one is 2″ across at the soil, and it’s 18″ to the tip of the taller trunk.

And finally, the big “Hoss” of the day. The trunk on this one is 5″ across, and it’s 27″ to the chop. I’m thinking it’ll finish up around 36-40″ tall. Wonderful rootage, taper and movement. And the secondary leader will make for a different design than your normal informal upright.

Let me know what you think of these trees. Leave us a comment below.