Bonsai Gallery: US National Arboretum Bonsai Collection

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Established in 1976, The US National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is found in the National Arboretum in Washington DC. The museum collection started when the Nippon (Japan) Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai to mark the American bicentennial celebrations. Over the following years, the collection has increased thanks to generous donations of important trees from countries including Japan, China and the United States. Now over 200,000 people annually visit the museum's collection of 150 trees located in three pavilion houses.

My thanks to John Quinn for generously allowing the use of his pictures of some of the Arboretum's trees.

Blue Atlas cedar/Cedrus atlantica glauca

Blue Atlas cedar/Cedrus atlantica glauca from John Naka, in training since 1950

Ezo spruce/Picea jezoensis

Ezo spruce/Picea jezoensis from Mr Tokuei Tanaka, in training since 1925

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, in training since 1963, from Alice Naka

crabapple/Malus

A crabapple/Malus sp.from Bill Valavanis, in training since 1969

Taxodium distichum/Bald Cypress

Taxodium distichum/Bald Cypress from Guy Guidry, in training since 1987

Eleagnus

Eleagnus, in training since 1825, from Mr. Takahashi

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