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Cascade-Style Bonsai. Claude Sciberras. Why Do we Use Styles?. There are several reasons for identifying a bonsai by a named style: Naming a style provides a graphic description of the tree.

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cascade style bonsai

Cascade-Style Bonsai

Claude Sciberras

why do we use styles
Why Do we Use Styles?

There are several reasons for identifying a bonsai by a named style:

  • Naming a style provides a graphic description of the tree.
  • When one person is talking to another about a bonsai and identifies its style, a mental-visual image of that style is evoked in the mind of the listener.
  • A style provides a direction of purpose when structuring a bonsai.
  • It is a shortcut to understanding.
bonsai styles
Bonsai Styles
  • Upright Styles
  • Cascade Styles
  • Multiple Tree/Trunk Styles
  • Bonsai With Special Characteristics
cascade styles
Cascade Styles
  • Cascade
  • Semi-Cascade
bonsai with special characteristics
Bonsai With Special Characteristics
  • Miniature Bonsai
  • Literati
  • Driftwood
  • Weeping
  • Exposed Roots
  • Root on Rock / Root in Rock
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In cascade styles, the cascading part is called the NAGARE which means

“The flow or flowing”.

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Cascade Styles
  • A cascade style bonsai is one in which a major feature extends below the lower rim of the pot.
  • A semi-cascade style bonsai is one in which the major cascading feature extends below the top rim of the pot but does not extend below the bottom of the pot.
  • What determines whether a cascade or semi-cascade is Formal or Informal is the part above the rim of the pot.
  • It depicts a tree in nature growing on a mountain top with all or a part of it hanging over the edge.
container
Container
  • The container should be relatively deep and may be round, square, octagonal, hexagonal, or a deep cascade.
  • The container may be glazed or unglazed depending on the species of tree.
styling the tree
Styling The Tree
  • Roots:Remove surface soil down to relatively thick radiating roots.
  • Surface roots should radiate in several directions but should be strongest on the side away from the direction of the lean.
special characteristics
Special Characteristics
  • Miniature, Literati, Driftwood, Weeping, Exposed Roots, Root on Rock and Root in Rock are not styles but characteristics as you can have a mame cascade or a Semi cascade with root on rock etc…