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Driftwood
Driftwood
In Japanese known as Sharamiki, is a miniature tree with an important part of its trunk barkless and filled with deadwood.


Style (Saramiki)
The trunk is mostly deadwood. Mostly seen on junipers and yews where most of the trunk dead wood with just one or two veins running up to the few remaining branches.

Driftwood style -A bonsai on which dead wood is the dominant characteristic.
Evergreen- A plant which does not drop its leaves in the winter.
Exposed root style -Bonsai which exhibit a significant amount of roots which have been exposed ...

Sharimiki
Style
This style is characterized by much of the trunk appearing dead. Live areas are sparse and the deadwood is bleached a bright white like on a beach.

SHARIMIKI driftwood
TANUKI 'cheats'/form where sapling is attached to deadwood/ also known as a 'Phoenix Graft'.
HOKIDACHI broom form
KENGAI cascade
HAN KENGAI semi-cascade
SHIDARE-ZUKURI weeping
BUNJIN literati form ...

As the twigs age they change to the colour of . George suggested that we help Nature along by spraying the debarked twigs with lime sulphur. This would preserve the twigs and fade them rapidly to tones.

Shari and Sharamiki driftwood style.
This type of style features a large piece of dead wood on the front of the trunk. Shari and Sharamiki are similar except that in Sharamiki, a larger portion of the trunk is dead.

These accents can be plants, , carvings, viewing stones or items meant to relate to the bonsai subject. The accent should blend in with, or gently contrast, the mood of the bonsai.

With the 'solution' in mind, you can take time to select and work the right piece of driftwood to make it ready
While styling and selecting, the 'fake trunk' can be refined in shape and size to be as interesting as possible. Fake roots, jins, etc.

- Split-trunk & - Medium/deep rectangular or modern, unglazed
- Multiple Trunks - See Medium/deep rectangular, round or oval. Varies in accordance with trunk size
- Forest - Shallow oval or stone slab ...

As bonsai, conocarpus e. almost always have beautiful driftwood.
Once you've seen the buttonwood as a bonsai, you may think all of them mature as gnarly, twisted, leaning trees full of dead wood.
This is not the case.

Another angle of these cultivated in a piece of with moss. Standing alone or as an accent, the contrast between the deadwood, the mushrooms, and the lush moss makes for a pleasing visual experience.

Bonsai Glossary: shari - Bleached, driftwood area of trunk, where bark has been removed.
Bonsai Glossary: shohin - A small sized bonsai tree.

Sharimiki is a dead area on the trunk and is often described as ' style' but is not a true style, more an effect that can be applied to a number of styles.

Choosing Trees, Styles & Pots
Bonsai & Computers
Video & Bonsai
Creating Driftwood
Some Bonsai DIY Projects
Unusual Bonsai Species and Styles ...

After having a photo essay showcasing some of the many accents and Kusamono I have created by cultivating mushrooms in accent pots and published in Bonsai Today, I received many requests to explain the process that I ...
Moss Basics ...

The plant is growing in the soil, tucked into a crevice of a rock or driftwood

myrtle in craggy cove ...

There are also some other forms that are not as popular to the public including split-trunk, , weeping, and windswept. These styles are usually ed used to describe the orientation and appearance of the plant's main trunk.

This concept has manifested itself in different styles, yet, the underlying idea remains the same. Here are some examples of bonsai styles: Informal Upright, Twin or Multi-Trunk, Slanting, Semi-Cascade, Cascade Literati, Driftwood.

See also: See also: Bonsai, Trunk, Tree, Style, Bark

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