Japanese Beech ブナ
Age: 60-70 years
It is a very rare species of bonsai and difficult to find in the United States. It is in a state of recovery where long branches are being encouraged. These will be removed by air layers, a method of propagation, as these trees do not seed or root easily from cuttings. It is very healthy and growing strong but has many more years of development before it will be ready for display. Leaf burn is evident around the edges of the leaves and is typical of beech in the late season. The trunk has some ill-arranged root structure, but the smooth trunk texture is noteworthy compared to other species.