The material used here is a Satsuki. It is a twin trunk and there are two apicies, but without a clear and obvious overall direction. The first thing to do will be to determine the front of the tree and work from there.
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Kanuma Satsuki Festival
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Members of the huge Rhododendron family are the most flamboyant of flowering shrubs, producing masses of bright flowers in late spring.
The not so difficult tree
Satsuki azalea has a chip on its shoulder, saying 'oh, how difficult'.
Italian beauties in Arco
Juniperus, Taxus, Acer,...
See it from a different angle
Creating the moyogi style from a field-grown satsuki with Masaki Yoshii
A guide to the wild flowering shrub
The tree and the man
The bonsai passion of Davide Cardin.
40 questions about Satsuki answered
Janine Droste has a passion for Satsuki bonsai. Here she gives clear
answers to 40 questions on the subject.
Pruned by bacteria?
Using beneficial bacteria for stronger, better ramified and disease-free bonsai.
World Bonsai Convention #1
World Bonsai Convention Saitama-Japan.
Wearing my signature
The bonsai passion of Jörg Derlien Styling and care for the tree should fit together like a hand in a glove, according to Jörg Derlien I bought a few seeds and pots, but this went […]
Left or right?
A rare Satsuki azalea is restyled
Made in Europe
A Gallery of the best bonsai shown during the Italian UBI convention
living art in the mountains
A Gallery of the best bonsai shown at the Arco Bonsai Show in Italy
Gallery Trophy WBC
A dull juniper is matched with a rock full of character A rather dull juniper can become very striking when a rock with lots of character is added, Nishikawa Tomoya (Shirasagi-en, Himeji) shows how that…...
Satsuki-festival in Utsunomiya, Japan If you happen to visit Japan during the period when satsuki are in bloom, you should visit the satsuki festivals. The most well known of these is in Kanuma, but there…...
The hollow trunk of a Satsuki is made to be a feature rather than hidden Takahiro Yamazaki (Yamazaki Satsuki-en, Nasushiobara City) works on a damaged, but characteristic azalea. The material, a Satsuki azalea that Takahiro…...
University of Bonsai
The 13th edition of ‘Bonsai van het Westen’ was held again in the Botanical Garden of Delft University of Technology. With a record number of visitors and perfect weather we were given two days to […]
A myriad of flowers
In May and June you can enjoy the fibrant colours of Satsuki azalea (Rhododendron indicum) blossoming. There is a massive amount of cultivars and therefore a big choice in various colors and pattern of flowers…....
Janine Droste revisits the Mecca of satsuki bonsai If you say Kanuma you at once think of satsuki. Satsuki, or Rhododendron indium, is one of the most popular bonsai varieties cultivated in Japan. Needless to…...
Is this a satsuki?
Satsuki specialist Tadao Tabata saw bonsai potential in the many trunks In a field at the base of Mount Akagi more than a thousand satsuki were planted and then grown wild. Two years ago this…...
RAW…and too many branches
Solving the problems on a satsuki azalea Osamu Fukudate’s (Shunkaen Bonsai Museum) first entry into the Sakkafu-ten received the Satsuki award. He also won recognition from the judges at the 43rd Nippon Bonsai Sakkafu-ten. As…...
Samurai & Bonsai
On the 150th anniversary of the restoration of Imperial rule, bonsai is displayed at the former capital. An outdoor exhibition is quite rare, even when it’s at a scenic site like the Nijo-jo castle, where…...