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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.

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My thanks to Rob Kempinski for these pictures of some of the Arboretum's trees.

 

Japanese Black Pine/Pinus thunbergii

 

 

 

 

Japanese Black Pine/Pinus thunbergii


 


Juniperus sp./Juniper

 

Juniperus sp./Juniper

Juniperus sp./Juniper

 

 

 

 

Juniperus sp./Juniper

 

 

 

 

Juniperus sp./Juniper

Juniperus sp./Juniper

Ponderosa Pine/Pinus ponderosa

 

 

 

 

 

Ponderosa Pine/Pinus ponderosa

 

 

 

Red Pine/Pinus densiflora
Red Pine/Pinus densiflora
White Pine/Pinus parviflora

 

 

 

White Pine/Pinus parviflora

 

 

Slippery Elm/Ulmus carpinifolia syn. Ulmus minor

Slippery Elm/Ulmus sp.

 

Yamaki White Pine/Pinus parviflora

 

 

 

Yamaki White Pine/Pinus parviflora

Originally donated to the Arboretum in 1976 by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki of Hiroshima, this tree is estimated to be nearly 400 years old.

This tree has a remarkable history; the nursery in Hiroshima was only 2 miles from the epicenter of the nuclear bomb in 1945. Surrounded by a large stone wall, the collection including Yamaki, survived the blast.

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