Autumn Bonsai

Autumn is my favorite time of the year at the Museum. Growing up in Southern California didn’t offer the dramatic change from summer to fall that occurs here on the East Coast.

For me, seeing the bonsai in their fall color is a reward for a job well done.When a bonsai looks great in the fall it means that it was well cared for during the long hot days of summer. So grab your scarf and join me for a tour of our Autumn Bonsai Exhibit.

  Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’, In training since 1976, Styled by the first curator Bob Drechsler.

 Close-up view of the trees foliage and fruit.

Japanese Elm, Zelkova serratta , In training since 1896 , Donated by Yoshibumi Itoigawa.

Star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, In training since 1986 , Donated by Kazuo Moriyama.

American Beech, Fagus grandifolia, In training since 1979, donated by Fred Mies.

Trident Maple, Acer buergerianum, Age unknown, Donated by Stanley Chin.

Trident Maple, Acer buergerianum, In training since 1976, Donated by Doris Froning.

A closer view of a very nice shohin.

Toringo Crabapple, Malus seiboldii ‘Toringo’, In training since 1905, Donated by Shyuichi Ueda.

What’s in the basket? Chestnuts are used as a seasonal accent in this display.

Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua, In training since 1975, Donated by Vaughn Banting.

Nepal Firethorn, Pyracantha crenulata, In training since 1966, Donated by Yee-Sun Wu.


6 thoughts on “Autumn Bonsai

  1. Beautiful colors Aarin and very nice displays! I particularly like the visual effect of the open chestnuts. Keep ’em coming.

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  4. I’ve always liked Dori Fronings shohin kaede bonsai. It has an gentle elegance that is often not seen with trident maple bonsai today. There is more emphasis on ‘sumo’ style trunks. It is difficult to keep this fast grower in an elegant appearance over time. Dori was also one of my first inspirations towards growing shohin bonsai.
    John Romano

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