12 years old Japanese hornbeam in a bonsai pot. This bonsai is approx. 52cm high and was imported directly from a japanese bonsai nursery.
The Japanese red-leaf hornbeam (botanically Carpinus laxiflora, family Birches - Betulaceae) grows up to 15m height. The wood is very hard. The bonsai cultivation of Japanese red-leaf hornbeam is widespread. The Japanese hornbeam is suitable for many bonsai styles, particularly formal and unformal upright style. Following a sharp cut hornbeam bonsai get lots of new buds. This tree tolerates pruning very well. That means a hornbeam can be repeatedly cut during the year. In addition Japanese hornbeam bonsai tolerates a complete leaf cut well. This makes it easy to style a hornbeam bonsai.
The tree is an easy-held outdoor bonsai. Like other species of carpinus it is important to ensure good drainage. The soil should be kept moist in a uniform manner. The repotting is done in march, when the buds begin to swell.
In GB Japanese hornbeam bonsai should be placed in full sun. Hold in winter, e.g. in an unheated tent it tolerates frosts down to -15°C well.
When ordering, you will always get the bonsai displayed on the picture (no. 121-02).
Important note on the size: A bonsai is a tree in a bonsai pot. For this reason the size of the bonsai is in every case the size with the bonsai pot.