Berberis/Barberry Bonsai Progression Series

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berberis bonsai winter

December 2006: 6 months later and the new shoots that have grown since the tree's last pruning have been pruned and wired.

berberis bonsai summer

August 2007: After several months of strong growth, the foliage had begun to fill out well and the tree had required repeated pruning to keep it's shape. The tree has started to begin to look like a bonsai in just 2 years.

dead wood hollows (uro)

April 2008: During the Winter I carved the large trunk wounds further, turning them into dead wood hollows (uro) and sealed the wood with wood hardener to ensure it did not rot in the future.

In March the bonsai was finally potted up into a large 13" diameter bonsai pot by Erin Bonsai, made with a finish that compliments the mature bark of the tree .

berberis bonsai

berberis bonsai

June 2008: Berberis has a vivid green leaf during the summer that is followed by...

berberis bonsai

.......strong yellow and red Autumn colours. (October 2008)

berberis bonsai

Close up of the root jin; the individual colours and texture of the bonsai pot can also be seen

Height of bonsai: 20"/49cm, 6"/15cm trunk diameter

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