Thursday, October 4, 2007

Jumbo Bonsai?

I came across this tree in the Garden City Arboretum. The orange strapping is eye-catching. Retraining bamboo poles are employed too (click for detail). I read the sign. It says:

Pinus thunbergii

Common name:
Japanese Black Pine
Origin: Japan
Region: Asia

This pine is commonly grown in some parts of the world, but apparently not here. The Japanese Black Pine is notable for being one of the most salt-tolerant needle evergreens, and therefore is valuable for seashore landscapes and stabilizing sand dunes. It is also good as a bonsai plant.

I thought the point was to start torturing them when they're a lot smaller.

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