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Wildest Looking Gingko

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:36 pm

Can you believe this is a Gingko tree? Came from the Yangzhou Penjing museum in Yangzhou, China.




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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:49 pm

What a great tree!!! It looks like the Yellow Mountains! Thanks for posting this.
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Post  ogie on Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Thanks Rob for posting,now that's what i call unique & bizzare

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Re: Wildest Looking Gingko

Post  sunip on Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:58 pm

Hi Rob
Is this an old rooted Chi Chi (hanging root) up side down?
Its a real Pen Jing of its own.
Regards, Sunip Wink

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Post  dorothy7774 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:35 pm

Looks photoshopped to me..

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Post  mike page on Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:54 pm

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Happy

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:10 pm

dorothy7774 wrote:Looks photoshopped to me..

-dorothy

IT was scanned from a book and the original photo was photoshopped to add the background but it is a real tree. I saw it.

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Re: Wildest Looking Gingko

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:44 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:
dorothy7774 wrote:Looks photoshopped to me..

-dorothy

IT was scanned from a book and the original photo was photoshopped to add the background but it is a real tree. I saw it.

I wish we had more time in that museum, but we will return in 2013. I also saw the tree. I think all of us on the 2010 BCI Tour of China were amazed and surprised by the amount and variety of Chinese Bonsai/Pinjing.

The people and government in Yangzhou were great. The police escort sure made getting through traffic a lot smoother, wish we had had them in Beijing.

The museum is part of a public park at Slender West Lake, clearly a popular place with the locals also.


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Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:28 pm

sunip wrote:Hi Rob
Is this an old rooted Chi Chi (hanging root) up side down?
Its a real Pen Jing of its own.
Regards, Sunip Wink

Sunip,

I don't know.

The totally gone trunk seems to be a fairly common chinese bonsai design and I suspect that is what this is.
There is much in China the west could learn more about.

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Post  Ravi Kiran on Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:19 am

Now that's one astonishing out of the world bonsai. Truly spectacular.....

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Another example of the totally gone trunk style

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:14 am

Here's another example of the totally gone trunk style from a Guangzhou China show. Seems like the trunk has been gone for a long time.
I think it's a Chinese elm.



Close up of the former trunk.

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Re: Wildest Looking Gingko

Post  Ravi Kiran on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:16 pm

And here is one from Bangalore from our Club's 20 Anniversary exhibition last year. No its not my tree but of one of our senior members. The main trunk as you can see is totally hollowed out. It is Portulacaria Afra (African Jade) and stands about 110 cm tall...



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Re: Wildest Looking Gingko

Post  sulrich on Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:11 pm

Hi,

Rob Kempinski wrote:
sunip wrote:Hi Rob
Is this an old rooted Chi Chi (hanging root) up side down?
Its a real Pen Jing of its own.
Regards, Sunip Wink

Sunip,

I don't know.

The totally gone trunk seems to be a fairly common chinese bonsai design and I suspect that is what this is.
There is much in China the west could learn more about.

Rob, thanks a lot for posting these really inspiring Penjing pictures!

Just found the following information on rooting Ginkgo "Chi Chi" in Hu Yunhua's book "Chinese Penjing", p95:
In nature, ginkgo trees of several hundred or even over a thousand years of age frequently develop a host of Stalactite-shaped substances which suspend from the trunk. If these are removed in the winter and planted upside down, an incredible thing will happen - foliage will sprout off the "Stalactite". The branches can later be wired. A penjing of unique style, known as "Stalactite Trunk" or "Banboo Shoot Ginkgo," will result.
(The Ginkgo on the picture for this text doesn't have a hollowed out trunk, though).

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