Chamaecyparis obtusa, in Japanese: 檜 or 桧
Age: 37 years
This tree was grown in ground by local nurseryman, Chris Summers, who is one of the few commercial propagators in the Louisville area. This is a slant style, or Shakan, one of the traditional styles of Japanese bonsai, and traditional type of tree to use. Shakan is meant to replicate the silhouette of a tree shaped by wind blowing from one direction or a tree bending towards the sun. Native to central Japan, Chamaecyparis is a very high-quality timber, and is often used in exquisite buildings in Japan including palaces, temples, and shrines. This tree species is compact with soft needles and capable of representing multiple forms and shapes of bonsai.