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.
Hi Walter,Very beautiful tree. I was curious as to why do you think that there are not very many examples of this species in Europe? Are they sensitive to soil conditions for example?I also think they are difficult to keep in position no? Must the wire be left on these for many years and does it takes many stylings to keep the branches of cembra in place?Thank you and have a great weekend. Thomas U
Thomas,first of all it is a quite rare speices. It is protected everyhwehre in Europe. Then it is alomost impossible fo find a really good one. They simply don't exist. All one can usually find is long slim youngish trees. And then they are extremely slow growers. It takes 10 to 20 years to make a good bonsai. So this one is by far the best from a potential point of view that I have ever seen. Thsi does nto eman that a couple could be out ther. But for 5,000 excellent mugos one finds one good cembra pine.
Thanks for the information Walter. I definitely see your point regarding they grow on protected grounds and that many of them are straight. When I visited the Tatras in Slovakia I saw them everywhere but they were all straight trees and the entire area is under protection. Same in the Alps, just straight trees for the most part. Enjoy the weekend. Thomas U
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