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.
Looks like a lot of very nice wild trees in Croatia. What are some of your favorite wild/collected broadleaf trees native to the US? In several years of collected in Colorado I have only one nice deciduous tree. A Gambel Oak, Quercus gambelii. A shrub really. Hard not to go after the conifers here.
Compared to collected conifers the quality of broadleaved trees in the USA is nothing so far. They must be somewhere. Croatia is smaller than Maine. Ten years ago people told me that we had MUCH better and more very good conifers to collect in Europe. And now it has become clear that the very best conifers in the world are in America. Let's see who discovers there outstanding broadleaved trees which are somewhere.
Hi mr pallWhere I live here in Northern California the hills are full of such material. There are thousands of coast live oaks, blue oak, vally oak, wild plum, buck eye, etc. all have been chewed back and contorted much like these wonderful trees you have.
Duncan,great! so why are all these trees not available on the market?
Well sadly it can be quite hard to get trees out or into California. Also I don't know to many people looking as I am, or at least not in the way I look. Most Americans seem so obsessed with Japanese trees and "styles" that they fail to notice or even look for this material.
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