Bonsai Collection

Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing miniature, or ornamental-shaped trees or shrubs in small, shallow pots. The literal translation of bonsai is “tray planting” (bon – pot; sai – planting). A common misconception is that bonsai specimens are hereditary dwarfs; however, they are in fact, ordinary trees and shrubs. They are ‘dwarfed’ by a system of pruning roots and branches, and training branches by tying them with wire. The art originated in China but has been pursued and developed primarily by the Japanese. The direct inspiration for bonsai is found in nature – in trees that grow in harsh, rocky places that are dwarfed and gnarled throughout their existence. Prized characteristics are an aged-looking trunk and branches, and weathered-looking exposed upper roots. Bonsai may live for a century or more and are handed down from one generation to another as valued family possessions. Bonsai pots, usually earthenware and of variable shape, are carefully chosen to harmonize in color and proportion with the tree. A sizable bonsai industry exists as part of the nursery industry in Japan; California is home to a small-scale bonsai industry.

      

The Japanese Friendship Garden’s bonsai collection is cared for by the San Diego Bonsai Club (SDBC). The JFG thanks the SDBC for their long-standing support and commitment to the Bonsai Garden. The SDBC also supports the JFG through our annual Summer Camp Program by offering beginning level workshops for participating campers. To learn more about the SDBC visit their website at sandiegobonsaiclub.com and/or stop by the Garden on Fridays where you’ll find club members pruning our bonsai under the Wisteria Arbor near the office. 

 

*Barbara (left), former Club President, Big Dave (middle), Trisha (right) 

 

Bonsai Permanent Collection

 

Procumbens Juniper

Juniperus chinensis       “Procumbens Nana”

Style: Root Connected (Netsunagari)

Native to: Japan & China

Propagated from: Cutting (1992)

Age in training: 21 years

Loaned from Dave Rochester 

Fruiting Olive

Olea europaea

Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)

Native to: Mediterranean

Propagated from: Air layer of 60 year old branch tree

Age in training: 20 years

Loaned from Dave Rochester

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
California Juniper

Juniperus californica

Style: Literati (Bunjingi)

Native to: Southwestern North America

Propagated from: Seed, collected from the desert

Age in training: 20 years

Age: 300 years

Donated by Sherwin Amimoto

Japanese Black Pine

Pinus thumbergii

Style: Miniature landscape  (Sai-kei)

Native to: Japan & South  Korea

Propagated from: Seed

Age in training: 45 years

Donated by Allen Silverman

 
 
 
 
Suiseki (viewing stone)

California Jadite

Style: “Island Stone”

Native to: Eel River, Northern California

Donated by Harry Hirao

Japanese Mountain Maple

Acer palmatum

Syle: Slant (Shakkan)

Native to: Japan

Propagated from: Air layer of 25 year old branch

Age in training: 5 years

Loaned from Dave Rochester

 
 
 
Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra

Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)

Native to: South America

Propagated from: cutting

Age in training: 85 years

Donated by Frank Schrosk

Ficus

Ficus nerifolia

Style: Clump (Kabudachi)

Native to: Southwest Asia & Mediterranean

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 35 years

Donated by Denny Roche

 
 
 
Procumbens Juniper

Juniperus chinensis                            “Procumbens Nana”

Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)

Native to: Japan & Korea

Propagated from: Cutting (1980)

Age in training: 33 years

Donated by Crystal Zook

Heart Leaf Geranium

Pelargonium cordifolium

Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)

Native to: South Africa

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 5 years

Loaned by Dave Rochester

 
 
 
Foemina Juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Style: Formal upright (Chokkan)

Native to: Northeast Asia & Southeast Russia

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 40 years

Donated by Jim Barrett

 
 Foemina Juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Style: Formal upright (Chokkan)

Native to: Northeast Asia & Southeast Russia

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 40 years

Donated by Jane Goodbody

 
Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra

Style: Twin-trunk, Wind-swept (Sokan, Fukinagashi)

Native to: South America

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 25 years

Age: 45 years

Donated by Dr. Herb Markowitz

California Juniper

Juniperus californica

Style: Literati (Bunjingi)

Native to: Southwestern North America

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 25 years

Age: 350 years

Donated by Dr. Frank Dixon

 
Japanese Black Pine

Pinus thumbergii

Style: Informal upright (Moyogi)

Native to: Japan & South Korea

Propagated from: Seed

Age in training: 35 years

Age: 65 years

Donated by Dr. Frank Dixon

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra

Style: Slant (Shakkan)

Native to: Brazil

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 25 years

Donated by Jane Goodbody

 

Algerian Ivy

Hedera algeriensis

Style: Semi cascade (Han Kengai)

Native to: North African coast

Propagated from: Cutting

Age in training: 30 years

Donated by Fred Miyahara