Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
walter-where do all of these hornbeams come from? by 'collected' do you mean dug out of growing fields, or are there oriental hornbeams growing in the wild in your area? thanks just confused.
Oriental hornbeams do not grow wild in Germany. They grow in Southeast-Europe and even in Turkey and further. The ones that I show come from the Balkan, which is a moutain range along the Mediterranean Sea. It is the trerritory that used to be Yugoslavia. These hornbeams are hardy in Germany depite their origin. This makes them outstanding bonsai material. These species is the most important discovery for bonsai in the past decades that I know of.
Actually, they come from the Balkan peninsula. However not from the Balkan mountains but rather from the Dinarides. Which is, in fact, a much larger mountain range than the Balkans and the Balkan peninsula should by all rights have been named Dinaric peninsula instead. Just another "geographical" mistake.
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