Bonsai of the Month, February, 2007

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Bonsai of the Month - February, 2007


Noble Satake's Shimpaku, Deceased
 

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An amazing story...

For the shimpaku fans out there, an amazing story of the history of the shimpaku juniper at World Bonsai Friendship Federation. If you have never read this fascinating story, I would highly recommend it.
 

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Yeah...I was wondering the same thing...is the artist dead or that butt ugly Juniper?
 

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anyone know the story behind this particular tree?

- bob
The only information available in English says that it was a wild collected tree and is considered one of the best shimpakus that ever existed. There are no wild shimpakus of this quality left - the mountain where they were collected has been cleared of old collectable trees. Unfortunately, in the chaos of post-WWII Japan, many Imperial and priceless bonsai perished - there were simply not enough people to care for them and people had other priorities getting their lives back in order. The tree was originally called "Smoke of the Volcano".
 

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