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Cascade-Style Bonsai

Cascade-Style Bonsai

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  1. Cascade-Style Bonsai Claude Sciberras

  2. Why Do we Use Styles? There are several reasons for identifying a bonsai by a named style: • Naming a style provides a graphic description of the tree. • When one person is talking to another about a bonsai and identifies its style, a mental-visual image of that style is evoked in the mind of the listener. • A style provides a direction of purpose when structuring a bonsai. • It is a shortcut to understanding.

  3. Bonsai Styles • Upright Styles • Cascade Styles • Multiple Tree/Trunk Styles • Bonsai With Special Characteristics

  4. Cascade Styles • Cascade • Semi-Cascade

  5. Bonsai With Special Characteristics • Miniature Bonsai • Literati • Driftwood • Weeping • Exposed Roots • Root on Rock / Root in Rock

  6. In cascade styles, the cascading part is called the NAGARE which means “The flow or flowing”.

  7. Cascade Styles • A cascade style bonsai is one in which a major feature extends below the lower rim of the pot. • A semi-cascade style bonsai is one in which the major cascading feature extends below the top rim of the pot but does not extend below the bottom of the pot. • What determines whether a cascade or semi-cascade is Formal or Informal is the part above the rim of the pot. • It depicts a tree in nature growing on a mountain top with all or a part of it hanging over the edge.

  8. Cascade - Kengai

  9. Semi Cascade - Han-Kengai

  10. Container • The container should be relatively deep and may be round, square, octagonal, hexagonal, or a deep cascade. • The container may be glazed or unglazed depending on the species of tree.

  11. Styling The Tree • Roots:Remove surface soil down to relatively thick radiating roots. • Surface roots should radiate in several directions but should be strongest on the side away from the direction of the lean.

  12. Formal Semi-Cascade Tree

  13. Informal Semi-Cascade

  14. Formal Cascade Tree

  15. As always in Bonsai, Balance is of the essence

  16. Special Characteristics • Miniature, Literati, Driftwood, Weeping, Exposed Roots, Root on Rock and Root in Rock are not styles but characteristics as you can have a mame cascade or a Semi cascade with root on rock etc…

  17. Miniature

  18. Literati

  19. Driftwood

  20. Weeping

  21. Exposed Roots

  22. Root on Rock

  23. Root in Rock