Would help if you told us where you're from since import in Europe or US are close to impossible. Also when you say starter, do you mean pre-bonsai or nursery type material.
if your gonna be in the seattle area you might wanna visit bonsai northwest in tukwila.
i remember seeing some pre-bonsai jap. white pines and also some finished ones too.
good luck !
I hope you will visit our local club, the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (http://www.psba.us/).
Depending on when you arrive, you might be able to attend our annual auction (June 4). Can't say for sure that there will be a white pine, but it's a great source of quality material at affordable prices. Certainly plenty of other pines will be available.
We are also hosting the PNBCA convention this year, starting September 3rd. Lots of great guest artists (including Ryan Neil), workshops, and vendors.
No shortage of bonsai events and resources in the Seattle area!
Great, Thanks. Doubt I'll be there by June 4 but most likely will be there for the Sept. convention.
Maruyama of Sacramento has lots of imported tree from Japan. Most of them are grafted, not my style, but worth a look anyway. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?h...hnear=Sacramento,+CA&cid=17296326032127331354
Little late, but if you do see this post, check out adamsbonsai.com
Julian Adams is by far the best Japanese white pine vendor in the country. His material is not only affordable, but also grown from seed.