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Flowering cherry bonsai prunus incisa
Prunus is all about blossom. To most people the word also suggests large flowering trees with hungry roots. But there is a neglected group of cherries that are much more workable. Where space is short the Prunus incisa is from the slopes of Japan’s famous volcano and is a better choice than its larger cousin.

Its blossom has come a little early this season although the autumn colour is spectacular and even the leaves are interesting. In Japan this prunus is often potted up for bonsai because its outline of zigzag twiggy branches with neat rough-edged leaves means it looks interesting even while resting between blossom and autumn colour.

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I’ve resisted the urge to put it in a shallow ceramic pot and leave it in a taller pot emphasising its tall slender shape. It’s been wired and shaped to give it a slender reach look helping it show off its colour.

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