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Informal Upright Bonsai

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Informal Upright Bonsai

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  1. Informal Upright Bonsai Brian Van Fleet

  2. The Basic Bonsai Styles Cascade • Styles are caused by natural or implied growing conditions • Style names are dictated by trunk shape • Infinite variants are possible, but will generally fit into these categories Semi-Cascade Informal Upright Slant From “Bonsai Techniques II” by John Y. Naka Formal Upright

  3. Formal Upright Defined Informal • Radial Nebari • Good trunk taper from base to apex • Strong first branch, sets “tone” of tree, emerges at 1/2 to 1/3 the height of the tree • Second branch higher than first branch, on opposite side of tree • Third branch is at back of tree • Apex is balanced above base • Graceful, or dynamic trunk movement • Branches on outside of curves Photos: “The Step-by-step Guide to Growing Bonsai” by Colin Lewis

  4. Informal Upright “Rules” The differences between Formal and Informal are subtle…can you identify them?

  5. Informal Upright “Rules” • Roots should radiate out from the trunk at an even level, and taper gently into the soil • Trunk tapers as it ascends • Branches emerge at the outside of bends • Branches taper from trunk distally; movement repeats trunk movement • Branches become thinner as they ascend, and move from parallel to more perpendicular to the soil

  6. Examples • Radial Root System • Cylindrical, well-tapered trunk • Apex balanced over base to provide sense of stability Rule Breaker? Opposed branches…

  7. Examples • Cylindrical, well-tapered trunk • Apex balanced over base • 1, 2, 3 branch pattern

  8. Examples • Radial Root System, powerful base • Cylindrical, well-tapered trunk with movement • Apex balanced over base • First branch sets “tone” for tree • Branches on the outsides of curves

  9. Examples • Radial Root System • Cylindrical, well-tapered trunk • Apex balanced over base • 1, 2, 3 branch pattern Rule Breaker? “Eye-Poke” branch…

  10. Breaking the “Rules” • Crossing Roots • Low #1 branch • #2 branch is 2 branches that emerge from the same side, and to the back • Main branch is 3rd branch up • Branches at inside of curves • Trunk takes dynamic, inconsistent bends toward the top • BUT…it works…