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  1. p_anova

    Japanese Yew Styling Help

    Hey all. Just left the DC Bonsai Festival (cold and windy) and obviously saw the amazing trees on display and felt inspired. Came home and started pondering possible fronts/orientation for my japanese yew. It is still in original soil and growing super healthy! Any and all opinions are...
  2. O

    Looking for styling advice on this P. Afra I just brought home

    Looking for some ideas on how I can style this P. Afra. It will be my first time doing much in the way of styling but I've done a lot of research over a couple of years and continue to read and learn. Here's a bunch of photos from different angles of the tree. I'm a really big fan of the type of...
  3. brennobonsai

    I want to make a drastic cut on my barbados cherry

    I've had this plant for over 2 years, it comes from an air layer of a tree that is about 10 years old here at home. At the time I didn't know anything about bonsai and I ended up making a cut that made me lose part of the bark. I've been trying to make a good design on this plant but it's been...
  4. Jaymatsby

    Nursery Seiju Elm Progression

    Picked up this Seiju Elm from a local nursery last fall - it was neglected in a back corner and well priced as a result. Chopped back pretty harshly and repotted into a (too) large bonsai pot. These bud out profusely everywhere, so put on a good number of branches over the year - just wired it...
  5. G

    Opinions on styling new cork bark maple

    Hi everyone! Hope all is well. I have purchased a cork bark maple and I’m looking to hear peoples opinions on styling it as the more options to visualise/choose from the better Attached are the pics I have from the seller and I will take more Sunday when I pick it up paying £120 Trunk is...
  6. J

    RMJ Design Advice

    Hey Bonsai Nuts, Here is an RMJ I was able to repot this year in early spring. I have not designed too many bonsais yet, so my experience in designing is very little. I've decided on two fronts but I really need help narrowing it down. I've marked where I'm imagining where I could possibly...
  7. J

    Scots Pine styling advice

    I seek advice for styling of this yamadori collected last year. I will lower first branch on the left, but appreciate any other view and ideas. e
  8. J

    Lets Play - Bonsai Nut Styles My Zelkova!

    Hey BNutters, recently the trunk chop on my chinese elm finally budded. I set an initial leader but since I can't decide on what I want to do with all the extra budding, I decided to let bonsai nut make the choice for me! You can submit any changes or styles you'd like to see it in and vote on...
  9. M

    Styling Advice for Fukien Tea

    Hi everyone, I bought this fukien tea about a month ago. It wasn't looking too good when I got it but it's growing very well now. I'm looking for styling advice because I feel it's too lanky but don't really know what to do with it. There's some inverse taper happening where all the branches...
  10. Trigobontree

    From an S curve to a…?

    Hello All, I have this Chinese Elm with an S curve that I’m not a huge fan of (and the roots are a mess). How and when should I “fix” it? I’m thinking above the red line is just firewood, too much of a reverse taper. Is the blue line a good place to trunk chop? And if so is it worth trying to...
  11. Trigobontree

    First Chops! Thoughts?

    Did my first chops. Thoughts? Should I go further? Found these at the nursery while browsing. Should of taken before photos. One was a 3ft tall tree (love the peeling bark) and the other was a fairly decent size bush. I forgot the names, I’ll go outside and find the tags once I work up the...
  12. pstaboche

    Juniperus squamata styling advice

    New to bonsai and nervous about removing large branches. The first picture shows the slight S bend I'd like to use as the front but there's a branch (1) near the top that may detract from the trunk line. My bigger problem is the lower branches. I can't decide which ones to keep! Second picture...
  13. Dystopik

    Crossing roots on bald cypress

    Hello! I got this bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) this January from a nursery. It was grown in a huge pot. When I remove the pot and the original soil I found a huge weird roots knot. On the one hand it expanded the base width from 10 cm to 19 cm, on the other hand I have a crossing thick...
  14. K

    Multi-trunk Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

    Hey everyone!👋 I thought I would make a poll to determine the best possible front/style for this Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess' I got for 60€ from a local nursery! Since I'm very new to bonsai, I'm not entirely sure if it's the best bonsai material, but the nebari seemed promising and the...
  15. S

    Newbie could use some help with new tree

    Hello, everyone. I just joined and and wanted to ask the community a few quick questions: I got this maple yesterday, it's planted in regular dirt (I think) with some kind of spongy black rocks (almost like perlite) with an orange coating, on top of the dirt. It is 7 years old, according to the...
  16. Apex37

    Nursery Maple Styling Recommendations

    Just picked up this guy for $30 at local nursery. I had a hard time not getting about 5 maples with them being 25% off, but they're getting a bunch of new ones next week, so I'm going to wait till then and probably get more. Anyway, I was trying to get some recommendations on styling. He's...
  17. Kidkidsupreme

    Malus Domestica: Repotting and styling advice

    Hi all, This is my first post here. I managed to buy this Malus Domestica for just €20,- through a Dutch webshop (happy to share a link if it's allowed). As this is my first pre-bonsai to bonsai project, I seek for some advice. Attached you can find two pictures of what I could consider the...
  18. Occidentalbonsai

    Jbp styling advice

    Hello bonsai nuts! This is my first post and I’d love for some ideas on how to style this jbp. It’s around 25 years old or so and my main concern is that the trunk has little to no movement. There are probably a few options and while I have my own ideas on what to do, I’d love any suggestions...
  19. Aldingbonsai

    Field Maple Advice

    Hi everyone I'm looking for a bit of advice with a field maple (Acer campestre) I am currently ground growing. The tree is tall and straight, with the beginning of a good nebari. The trunk diameter is roughly 2.5"/6.5cm. The first picture shows what I think is the best front, with several...
  20. bdmatt

    Need styling advice on a juniper

    Hello y'all, I recently purchased a juniper and I'm thinking of styling it in the coming months. I don't know the specific variety and neither did the seller. The trunk is about 1.5 inches in diameter, pretty straight, and uninteresting. Due to the shari, I don't think I can do any extreme...
  21. G

    Styling advice on my pine (pinus radiata... maybe)

    I'm really not sure what direction to take this tree. There are 5 branches coming off the main trunk. They have between 2-4 candles each. My initial thoughts are to go really minimal and follow the curve of the trunk by removing the two branches on the right (first photo). It will also slow...
  22. T

    Dwarf Maple Shohin Styling Advice

    Hi All - I picked this dwarf maple up Saturday after walking by it several times over the course of the day. I saw something in it or at the very least something I'd like to work on and improve. I've got some ideas for where to take it but I would love some advice or suggestions! The main...
  23. Balbs

    Bosnian Pine

    Hi All, I picked up a Bosnian pine on deep discount at HD the other day, along with some Mugos. I was hoping for some advice on this one. I was hoping you could all weigh in on branch selection. Or, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Anyway, I’m very new, so I’m not sure where to go from here...
  24. Kodama

    Blue Spruce Thoughts?

    Hello there. Picked up this Blue Spruce from a side of the road nursery as I thought it might have some potential. Seems to want to want be a leaning style or wire to informal upright? Dug down into the base and seen this interesting trunk. Any thoughts on that? Was thinking I should style/wire...
  25. Thumbsaway

    Styling advice?

    I picked up this blue shore juniper from the local Home Depot. I may have gotten a bit prune happy but I’ve got to say it is interesting to look at... maybe a bit thin but it should thicken up over time. Any input or advice helps :)
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