Examples of bonsai soil mixes by tree species used by Japanese bonsai
professionals in various parts of Japan.
Japanese bo...
EZO SPRUCE (Picea jezoensis)
                    A              B          C                D           E           F
    ...
NEEDLE JUNIPER (Juniperus rigida)
                    A            B           C                D           E           F
...
JAPANESE WINTERBERRY (Ilex serrata)
CHINESE QUINCE (Pseudocydonia sinensis)
JAPANESE ZELKOVA (Zelkova serrata)
CRABAPPLE (...
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  1. 1. Examples of bonsai soil mixes by tree species used by Japanese bonsai professionals in various parts of Japan. Japanese bonsai professionals represented in the Kindai Bonsai article are A: Isao Omachi, Iwate prefecture (Tohoku region) B: Toshiro Ogawa, Chiba prefecture (Kanto region) C: Yoshikazu Nakagawa, Niigata prefecture (Shin-etsu region) D: Kuniyuki Kato, Aichi prefecture (Tokai region) E: Yosuke Omizo, Kyoto prefecture (Kinki region) F: Masahiro Sasaki, Kumamoto prefecture (Kyushu region) JAPANESE BLACK PINE (Pinus thunbergii) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 6-akadama 5-akadama 3-akadama Matured 3-pumice 3-kiryu 2-river 2-river 3-river 5-river Bonsai 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu Large Young 6-akadama 7-akadama 4-akadama 4-akadama 5-akadama 3-akadama Bonsai in 4-pumice 3-kiryu 3-river 4-river 3-river 7-river Development 3-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu Shohin 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 4-akadama Bonsai 3-pumice 3-kiryu 2-river 2-river 1-river 3-river 3-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008 JAPANESE RED PINE (Pinus densiflora) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Matured 3-pumice 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 1-river 1-river 5-river Bonsai 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu Large Young 6-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Bonsai in 4-pumice 3-kiryu 5-kiryu 2-river 1-river 7-river Development 2-kiryu 2-kiryu Shohin 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 4-akadama Bonsai 3-pumice 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 1-river 3-kiryu 3-river 2-kiryu 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008
  2. 2. EZO SPRUCE (Picea jezoensis) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 5-akadama 7-akadama 8-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Matured 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 1-river 5-river Bonsai 3-pumice 2-kiryu 2-kiryu Large Young 4-akadama 7-akadama 10-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Bonsai in 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 2-kiryu 1-river 7-river Development 4-pumice 2-kiryu Shohin 5-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 4-akadama Bonsai 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 3-pumice 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008 JAPANESE WHITE PINE (Pinus parviflora) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 7-akadama 5-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Matured 3-pumice 5-kiryu 4-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 5-river Bonsai 2-kiryu Large Young 6-akadama 5-akadama 5-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 3-akadama Bonsai in 4-pumice 5-kiryu 5-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 7-river Development Shohin 7-akadama 5-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 4-akadama Bonsai 3-pumice 5-kiryu 4-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008 SHIMPAKU JUNIPER (Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Matured 3-pumice 3-kiryu 4-river 2-river 3-river 2-river Bonsai 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Large Young 5-akadama 7-akadama 10-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Bonsai in 5-pumice 3-kiryu 2-river 3-river 2-river Development 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Shohin 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Bonsai 3-pumice 3-kiryu 4-river 2-river 3-river 2-river 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008
  3. 3. NEEDLE JUNIPER (Juniperus rigida) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Matured 3-pumice 3-kiryu 2-river 3-river 3-kiryu 2-river Bonsai 2-kiryu 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Large Young 6-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Bonsai in 4-pumice 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 3-kiryu 2-river Development 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Shohin 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama 6-akadama 7-akadama 5-akadama Bonsai 3-pumice 3-kiryu 2-river 3-river 3-kiryu 2-river 2-kiryu 1-kiryu 3-kiryu Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008 TRIDENT MAPLE (Acer bergerianum) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Matured Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river Bonsai 1-fuji Large Young 9-akadama 9-akadama 10-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai in Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-river 1-river 3-river Development 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 1-fuji Shohin 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 1-fuji Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008 JAPANESE MAPLE (Acer palmatum) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Matured Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river Bonsai 1-fuji Large Young 9-akadama 9-akadama 10-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai in Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-river 1-river 3-river Development 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 1-fuji Shohin 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 1-fuji Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008
  4. 4. JAPANESE WINTERBERRY (Ilex serrata) CHINESE QUINCE (Pseudocydonia sinensis) JAPANESE ZELKOVA (Zelkova serrata) CRABAPPLE (Malus x cerasifera) A B C D E F North Eastern North Central South Western Southern Eastern Japan Japan Central Japan Japan Japan Japan Large 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Matured Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river Bonsai 1-fuji Large Young 9-akadama 9-akadama 10-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai in Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 1-river 3-river Development 2-kiryu 1-fuji Shohin 9-akadama 9-akadama 8-akadama 8-akadama 7-akadama 6-akadama Bonsai Pumice 1 1-kiryu 2-kiryu 2-kiryu 3-kiryu 3-river 1-fuji Data from Kindai Bonsai June 2008

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