Fruiting + Flowering

01. Eijitsu Rose

This shohin Japanese imported rose (rosa multiflora) came from Mirai in 2018. It is an old specimen estimated to be between 60 and 100 years old. It is deciduous with a gnarly twisting trunk and exceptional bark texture. In early summer it blooms quite profusely for a short period of time dotting the tree with small single-petalled white flowers with a yellow center. 

It stands 7" tall from soil level.  Container by Koyo, Japan. 

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July 2021
July 2021

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Autumn 2018.

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Early summer, 2018.

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July 2021
July 2021

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02. Princess Persimmon
November 2020
November 2020

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November 2021 (detail)
November 2021 (detail)

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The diminutive orange fruit adds brilliant color to the garden in autumn. The leafless canopy punctuated by the colorful fruit make it a memorable image. November 2015

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November 2020
November 2020

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Princess persimmon (Diospyros rhombifolia) is a Japanese classic and ubiquitous in Japanese gardens. They are appreciated best in the fall when the leaves drop and the stark naked branches contrast beautifully against the orange-red fruit that lasts well until early winter. A beautiful tree that's easy to grow and adds variety and interest to any bonsai garden particularly in the fall. This specimen is being trained as a semi-cascade. 

It stands 7" tall from soil level and 15" wide. It is planted in a Koyo container. 

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December 2019
December 2019

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December 2019 (detail)
December 2019 (detail)

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The diminutive orange fruit adds brilliant color to the garden in autumn. The leafless canopy punctuated by the colorful fruit make it a memorable image. November 2015

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December 2019
December 2019

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03. Japanese holly 'Koshobai'

The Japanese holly 'Koshobai' (Ilex serrata 'Koshobai') is a rather rare cultivar of the classic Japanese holly. Being slow growing with small and sharply pointed leaves and exquisite tiny red berries in winter make it a perfect species for shohin. It is deciduous and in winter, the combination of its light gray bark with its diminutive red berries makes the tree appear to glow with a gem-like quality. 

It stands 3.5" tall from soil level. Container unknown. 

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March 2021
March 2021

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March 2021 (detail)
March 2021 (detail)

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March 2021 (detail)
March 2021 (detail)

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March 2021
March 2021

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04. Chojubai

The jewels of the bonsai world is apt adjective to describe chojubai (Chaenomeles japonica). A deciduous shrub, their intricate ramification, bark texture and tiny red flowers that seem to glow and brighten drab winter days. These qualities make it a fascinating subject for bonsai. This specimen was originally acquired from Michael Hagedorn who single handedly has been responsible for chojubai's increasing popularity in the US. 

It stands 11" tall from soil level. Potted in an antique Chinese container. 

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