This is one topic that really intrigues me. Shimpaku has become a favorite bonsai subject, and as I work more with the different varieties, I’ll continue to share the subtle differences.
From macro to micro, here is a little more about each of these three varieties.
My Itoigawa, from Evergreen Gardenworks, and the source of all the Itoigawa material shown.
This is a shimpaku, also from Evergreen Gardenworks, similar in size to the Itoigawa at about 16″.
Finally, the Kishu, which is young, in the ground (left) and growing on. These came from Miniature Plant Kingdom.
Here are some photos of shoots of each variety. For consistency and clarity throughout this post, each shoot will appear in alphabetical order, from left to right…Itoigawa, Kishu, Shimpaku.
These all display mature foliage. Itoigawa is much lighter, brighter green in color. The texture is very fine, and the structure is open, and fanlike…
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