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Fuji Mori ( Wisteria Woods )

Bought as field grown stock I have been developing it as bonsai for 5 years.

This does not appear in the usual Japanese catalogues but is mentioned in Frank Galle's book on Azaleas. It stands up to heat well and grows prolifically.

It seems to have plenty of Maruba ( Rhododendron Tamurae ) in it as can be seen by the rounded leaves. It is re-potted now every 3 - 4 years.

Fuji Mori satsuki azalea
Fuji Mori from Japanese field stock 5 yrs

Juko ( Congratulatory Light )

Bought in Japan at the same time as Fuji Mori, it belonged to an old man who had given up bonsai and it was very much out of order. It is now developing well but is very prone to leaf burn. I have to be quite careful with it - but well worth the effort.

It is an old variety which is a cross from Kotobuki X Gyoten.

Juko satsuki azalea
Juko 5 yrs from Japanese stock

Salmon Spray ( Bobbink & Atkins Macrantha Hybrid )

This is a cross from the 1940s and this bonsai has been developed from a cutting taken 4.5 yrs ago. The western Australian Mediterranean climate gives us a good long growing season. In Japan they were surprised that it was as young as it is.

Salmon Spray satsuki azalea
Salmon Spray 4.5 yrs old from a cutting

Yama no Hikari ( Mountain of Light )

A large bonsai because the flower and leaf size is quite big. The tree stands 85cm above the pot and has a glorious array of multi-coloured and multi-patterned flowers. These are shown at the top of the page. Definitely my favourite Satsuki.

Yama no Hikari satsuki azalea
Yama no Hikari

Yama no Hikari ( Mountain of Light )

In full flower 1.5 years later after careful growing and training

Yama no Hikari satsuki azalea
Yama no Hikari In full flower

Fuji Mori

Another Fuji Mori, this is a cutting from the large tree, just 5 years old and is a featured example in my book, of how quite a nice young bonsai can be developed quickly using the correct techniques.



Pictures below show the same tree at 3 & 4 years of development.

Fuji Mori satsuki azalea
Fuji Mori 5 years

Fuji Mori satsuki azalea
Fuji Mori 3 years

Fuji Mori satsuki azalea
Fuji Mori 4 years

Fuji Mori

One year later (6 years) and wired up for next year's flowers

Fuji Mori satsuki azalea
Fuji Mori 6 years

Shinkyo ( Divine Mirror )

Shinkyo is a sport of a very old and famous variety called Yata no Kagami ( Sacred Mirror ). It has plain orange red, white and red, white and red with a white blush in the middle of each petal. A glorious thing in full flight! Control has to be exercised as the plain white and plain red will dominate if you allow them to become too strong.

This is another 4.5 yr old bonsai.

Shinkyo satsuki azalea
Shinkyo 4.5 yrs from a cutting

Shinkyo ( Divine Mirror )

Pruned, wired and shaped after flowering.

This is the next stage of this Bonsai's development.

Shinkyo satsuki azalea


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