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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:39 pm

Can anyone tell me why you never see different trees planted together as bonsai,the reason i ask i have not yet seen in books or anywhere else.Sorry if the question is stupid,but it is one of those things that has been niggling me,you do see different trees side by side in the wild cheers steve

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Post  gman on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:00 pm

Hi Steve, Yes they are rare, I'll let others do the explaining on why or why not but here is one I found, not sure who created it.
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Post  JimLewis on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:01 pm

It's not common, but it is done. Arthur Joura at the NC Arboretum has some wonderful mixed plantings.

Here's one:

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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:08 pm

hi gman,thanks for reply,its the first time ive seen this and i think it looks great,so im going to look into it more and when i have gained more experience just might have a go

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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:10 pm

cheers jim, now i do like your photo very much,wish i owned one like it.

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Post  Guest on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:29 pm

Two very nice examples. I think miced plantings are rare because of the difference in leaf size between species. This tends to blow the illusion of scale. The above prove it can be done.

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Post  Dave Martin on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:35 pm

The first picture is a mixed planting by Saburo Kato.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:57 pm

Mixed plantings are traditionally avoided because it is thought that the different species would require a different schedule of care, such as fertilizer, repotting, watering, etc.

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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Hi Billy,thanks for your reply,this is going to get me studying just to see what can be planted together,dont get me wrong i do not think i will be doing it,but i am enjoying looking up different aspects of bonsai and it is one big learning curve for me cheers steve

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:56 pm

I caught this one of Arthur's last spring just before (or maybe after) the azaleas had bloomed. It is meant to represent the Blue Ridge Mountain landscapes when the Rhododendron are in bloom -- and really does the job. This is the pic I'd meant to post the first time.


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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:10 pm

Just love it Jim,it does give me food for thought thanks steve

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