Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Picea Pungens Globosa Bonsai

Another favorite bonsai of mine is a Dwarf Globe Spruce - Picea Pungens "Globosa" variety.

Picea Pungens Globosa Bonsai - January 2011
Picea Pungens Globosa Bonsai - January 2011

This "fat guy" has more than 20 years old. It is a Picea Pungens Cultivar with green  and very sharply pointed needles (nor blue, nor silvery), more appropriate with the original "Glauca Compacta", plant with a great value because is considered the oldest cultivar of Picea pungens. I'm happy because new shoots are visible of the branches.

Picea Pungens Globosa green noodles with new shoots
Picea Pungens "Globosa"  - new shoots
Picea Pungens Globosa green foliage
Dwarf Picea Pungens "Globosa" green foliage

I give it time to mature and fill out into its full shape - meantime it was wired / re-wired and "determined" to became a Tachiki bonsai as it looks today.   I'm very enthusiast about how evaluated over the years. The dimensions are: its trunk has more than 10 cm wide (as you can see in next picture) and its high is almost 60 cm. The pot used last spring when was re-potted, is unglazed and has 8 cm high and 40 cm width.

Picea Pungens Globosa bonsai - trunk measure

Most varieties of Dwarf Picea Pungens (Compacta, Globosa, Hunnewelliana, Moll, Donna’s Rainbow, Gloria, Saint Mary...)  have rounded / mound shape  with densely branches that looks good as bonsai or in miniature landscaping / rock gardens because of their short height. They are highly tolerant of urban pollution (Similar with Picea Glauca Conica varieties), more drought tolerant than other picea varieties (but remember never let your bonsai go totally dry) and will even thrive in city environments. Most of them grow at a slow rate: at the maturity if left untrimmed, growing around 8 feet tall. Usually they are multi-stemmed shrubs with a short period of life (around 60 years) comparing with other conifers.

Picea Pungens Globosa bonsai in fall of 2010
Picea Pungens Globosa bonsai in fall of 2010

Hmm... Maybe its short period of life is a small inconvenience for a bonsai tree, but we still have many years to spend together ;-)


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