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Fagus sylvatica/European Beech Bonsai
Current height of bonsai; 22"/55cm
Bonsai Pot by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai.
Originally collected by Craig Coussins/Peter Adams during the late 1970's, and grown as part of a forest planting for many years, I purchased this Beech as a single tree in 2001.
In January 2015 I removed the previous seasons' dead leaves, that cling to the branches until the following Spring, pruned and wired the bonsai before taking the following images.
Detail of the base of the trunk and the nebari, or surface roots, of the Beech.
Detail of the branch structure of the Beech bonsai. It is possible to see where I have detail-wired a number of the branches in order that I can position them precisely.
Ramification can be difficult to achieve on Fagus/Beech, however, for many years I have followed the techniques detailed in this article Advanced Pruning Techniques for Fagus sylvatica/European Beech with great results.
The Beech bonsai from 2003 to 2015. The entire Progression Series for this tree can be seen in my first book Bonsai Inspirations 1.
As an indication of size; the Beech pictured alongside me (Harry Harrington).