Slanting style – In nature, a tree can lean to one side when there is a prevailing wind direction, or when a tree is standing in the shade and growing towards the light. In the slanting style, the trunk bends along its entire length to the left or to the right. The trunk can be both straight and curved. Very strong roots grow in the direction of the inclined trunk. In this way, the roots under the inclined trunk are pressed into the ground. This gives the impression that the bonsai is firmly anchored in its pot.
In nature, trees are forced into all kinds of shapes under the influences of weather, wind and placement. Consequently, bonsai trees can have many shapes and sizes and, depending on their way of growing, they are grouped into various styles and shapes.
Maybe some shapes seem strange and unnatural, but they are all based on the way trees grow in nature. Each tree, however, has its own character and within a certain style there is still an enormous variety. Usually a bonsai tree is given its name according to its shape or the number of trunks it has.