Falling into Winter, part 2

As the trees on exhibit move past their peak fall color we replace them with trees that are just beginning to shine. Here are the new additions as well as a few from the first post that look better than they first did.

IMG_9815Trident Maple, Donated by Stanley Chin, Age Unknown


IMG_9818Closeup of netsuke

IMG_9819Japanese Maple, Donated by Shintaro Abe, In training since 1946.


Red Maple, Acer rubrum var. Drummondii, Donated by Vaughn Banting, In training since 1974.


Cedar Elm, Ulmus crassifolia, Donated by Arch Hawkins, In training since 1981.

IMG_9822Close-up of trunks and branch structure.

IMG_9823Bald Cypress, Donated by Vaughn Banting, In training since 1972.


Ginkgo biloba, Donated by Masayuki Fujio, In training since 1896.

IMG_9829Japanese Privet, Ligustrum obtusifolium, Donated by Seiko Koizumi, In training since 1968.

IMG_9826Trident Maple, Donated by Ted Guyer, In training since 1975.



Japanese Maple, Donated by Ryutaro Azuma, In training since 1906.


Liquidambar, Donated by Vaughn Banting, In training since 1975. The photo doesn’t do the tree justice regarding its actual color. Its almost a neon red. When you see it in person the tree seems like it is glowing.

IMG_9833Close-up of fall leaves.


Golden Larch, Pseudolarix amabilis, Donated by Shu-ling Lui, In training since 1971.


Thanks for reading. I will be posting the final installment of this years fall exhibit next week. This coming weekend will be your last opportunity to see this special Fall Exhibit, so if you live in or near DC stop by the Museum and enjoy the trees before all the leaves are gone.

11 thoughts on “Falling into Winter, part 2

    • Hi Paul, that tree is in our Chinese collection and therefor we have more flexibility in pot styles. Typically in the japanese style, forests are in very shallow oval or rectangular pots. Here we have a really cool and unique Chinese pot with a mountainous scene depicted on it. The height of the pot also helps to reinforce the feeling of being in the mountains. One of the challenges in caring for the Penjing is avoiding the tendency to make them look Japanese.

      • Thanks Aarin. I’m glad I asked. The pot is really cool and now I understand a little more about Penjing.

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  2. Love the article and pictures, very inspiring! Can you tell me the variety of Liquidambar in the pictures. My search on Wikipedia gave many to choose from.

  3. Yes, I clearly see God and His marvels in these awesome trees. His trees,His gifts to us as Bonsai Artists-we humbly accept and treasure these and give back our gratitude.

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