As you may know, I like deadwood on my bonsai. And I am slightly controversial in my liking deadwood on deciduous trees (and for other reasons too. I’ll not list those). I believe there is a place for it. Now, I don’t mean long, twisting jins like a Kimura fantasy but small, tasteful deadwood hollows and such.
Anyway, here is a hornbeam, carpinus caroliniana. There are two subspecies c. Caroliniana caroliniana and c. Caroliniana virginiana. Not sure which this is.
Side and back.
As you see, I put it into a training pot already and I’ve pruned it. I got it from Steve Smith of Smitty’s Bonsai. It is prone to branch dieback when pruned and it does not heal well. Which makes it ideal for the opportunity to use hollow features.
Let’s do a partial defoliation.
Here in Florida a lot of deciduous trees have a minor dormancy in July that causes what (to most) looks like leaf burn or fungus.
And that’s it from the front. Very understated and subtle. I like features on trees that make you want to look into it and not just at it. A small detail that draws your eye and shrinks you down small enough as though you are able to climb into the tree and hang upside down from your knees. Make you believe in trees again.
I’m not sure I can accomplish this but I try.