Holy Smokes, you live in Oregon! Go to the mountains. I have seen a lot of excellent material come out of Oregon, Western Hemlocks, Doug Firs, Limber Pines, Lodge Pole Pines and lots of other stuff. However most of the good material does not grow along side the road. You have to be willing to hike and get your hands dirty. It would help a lot if you could find a club with a member or two that do this and get them to take you with them. The best stuff is usually found at higher altitudes, and the really good stuff is almost at timber line where the growing conditions are poor and the the weather worse. It can be dangerous so you need to do some research.Anyone have any suggestions on where to go when looking for bonsai in the wild? All my backyard seems to be able to grow is lots and lots of blackberries
This is an age old question, where to go to seek what you desire. I will start this post by saying that gaining permission and collection etiquette is paramount when collecting. Will Heath wrote an article about this subject, hopefully we will chime in and offer a link as it alludes me at the moment.
Hi Jon, I am no expert on Australia vegetation, but would assume there are some things worth pursuing. My brother in Perth has sent pictures of his hikes out in the country side of W. Aus. I can remember seeing all sorts of goodies poking out here and there. Especially of one picture of a dry creek bed that had some of the gnarliest trunks I ever laid my eyes on. Now to be candid I couldn't tell you what they were, but they sure looked like they wanted to be brought home and stuck in a pot.Unfortunately there is not a lot that one could find in my area that could be used successfully for bonsai and that has always been a disappointment for me.
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