Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tiny Trees

I enjoyed the bonsai trees at Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden, when we visited last June:

Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thumbergii)
Style: Miniature landscape (Sai-kei)
Native to: Japan & South Korea
Propagated from: Seed
Age in training: 45 years (at time of website creation)
Donated by Allen Sherman or Allen Silverman? Info card says "Sherman", out of date website says "Silverman"

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra)
Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)
Native to: South America
Propagated from: cutting
Age in training: 85 years (at time of website creation)
Donated by Frank Schrosk

Prostrata Juniper (Juniperus prostrata)
Donated by Drs. Nathan and Margaret Carl

"Bonsai dating to the 17th century have survived to the present. One of the oldest-known living bonsai trees, considered one of the National Treasures of Japan, is in the Tokyo Imperial Palace collection.[19] A five-needle pine (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) known as Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu. [19][20] The tree is thought to be at least 500 years old and was first trained as a bonsai by, at latest, the year 1610.[19]" Source: Wikipedia, who quotes John Yoshio Naka, Bonsai Techniques II, Bonsai Institute of California (1982), p. 258.

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