Can anyone speculate on how this look was achieved? Is it from slowly exposing the roots over a long period of time? Do you think they may have used some kind of stilt to keep the tree above the soil while the roots were hardening?
Tatorger, thank you so much for posting that link! Since I tend to kill satsukis, I may just try this with another species.
Seth, this seems plausible, especially for the size of the tree. In fact, now that I think about it.....maybe the gap between the sets of roots in this particular tree indicate that the root masses were separated in two separate containers...but maybe not.
Monza, that's exactly what I did. You can do that with sites like photobucket too, if you want to post larger pictures of your own trees. Just find the link to the .jpg or other image file, and click the button that looks like a picture (looks like small mountains to me) in the reply window when you're posting.
...they aren't plants that can't take frost at all. Quite the contrary. If the winters have no frost at all that is probably even detrimental.
Ah, I hadn't considered removing a rock to leave the roots in the same position. This seems like it would work perfectly for this style, especially if one had a tall, slim, and textured rock. Maybe I'll give this a shot next year...after finding a tree use, of course.