Refinement Techniques

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Satsuki Azaleas

The creation and refinement of satsuki azalea bonsai basically put Kouka-en on the bonsai map.  Kouka-en means “Light Feeling of Flower Garden”.  While we don’t currently have many azaleas now, many of the best satsuki bonsai in the world came through Kouka-en during the “Satsuki Boom”.  The only satsuki here[...]

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Fujikawa Kouka-en, Refinement Techniques, Styling

Stewartia monadelpha

While this species is not exactly easy to find outside of Japan, let alone as bonsai, the techniques presented here with some minor tweaks work for many deciduous tree species.  Stewartia monadelpha, aka Himeshara,  is also just plain cool so here goes….. One day I hope this species is as[...]

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Refinement Techniques

Pseudocydonia sinensis

Chinese flowering quince, known as Karin in Japan, is a species of fruit tree native to China.   The species is known for pink flowers in late Spring, exfoliating bark, and red to yellow fall color.  In this post, I’ll walk you through a few techniques for creation and maintenance[...]

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