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The Individual Magic of Michael Roberts: Component I

Michael Roberts is among my bonsai heroes. He’s functioned silently in Southern The golden state for years, producing bonsai that you can not make differently besides to toss years at them.

This blog post as well as the following one share numerous of his long-lasting journeys with Cork Bark Elm as well as Cork Oak. I’m delighted that he consented to share the picture backgrounds of these wonderful bonsai.


The young Cork Bark Elm that Michael Roberts began with.

Michael creates: “Initially acquired in 1996 from Kimura Bonsai Baby Room [California], this tree was box expanded from 2000– 2006.”

big cork bark elm 2009

The exact same Cork Bark Elm in 2009.

big cork bark elm 2012 fix

2012. A wonderful bonsai currently, however Michael isn’t done yet …

big cork elm 2016

2016, presenting a reasonable little self-respect.

6. Big Cork Elm - Winter Silouettes 2022

As Well As in 2022. Currently 35″ high. Twenty years from that young tree. A tree at this degree might hold its direct in any type of program around the globe.

Big Cork Oak 2003 box

Right here’s one more Michael Roberts tree development, this time around a Cork Oak. This is where your cork floorings as well as white wine corks originate from. Not this tree particularly, however possibly a remote acorn relative in Italy. This picture is from 2003.

Michael creates: “This tree was discovered in the springtime of 1998, expanding off the highway on a frontage roadway. The tree looked as though it had actually been run over by some pumping tools. It had a primary leader 10 feet high as well as I approximated it at 8 or ten years old. It was grown in a box from the beginning.”

Big cork oak 2006 slab

2006, on a piece. Regarding 25″ high.

Big Oak 2011 mid sum

2011, currently 36″ high. Right here Michael made a significant choice– a front turnaround. Far better base as well as rootage from this sight. And also the bark is occurring well. Uncertain if Michael required a brand-new flooring, however he’s obtained alternatives currently.

Big Oak 2013 mid sum

2013, cover dental filling in.

Big Oak 2015 Artisans Cup

2015, at the Craftsmen’s Mug.

Big Oak 2020 CBS

This bonsai navigated– below in the California Bonsai Culture’s 2020 program.

Big Oak 2022 sm

As Well As 2022. 41″ high, with a 12″ trunk size. All this in much less than twenty years, from a young gathered plant.

Following week, 2 even more of Michael’s trees ~



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