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A to Z of Bonsai Terms

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David J Sampson

 - (Dealer)  
Entry for Bonsai David J Sampson Dealer   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term David J Sampson Dealer
David-J-sampson.jpg image DAVID J SAMPSON - Offers a premier selection of fine Japanese SUISEKI and associated items for sale.

Contact via website only.

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 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Sabakan Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Sabakan Tree Style

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SABAKAN - Hollowed or rotten trunk.


 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Sabamiki Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Sabamiki Tree Style
ACF96C1.jpg image MIKI>SABAMIKI - As its western naME of "SPLIT TRUNK Style" suggests, this style reflects the position in nature where the trunk has split in two due to action by lightning or by heavy branches peeling away and taking a section of the trunk with them.

The style is typically bare in part and rugged in appearance. It should look like it has "been through the wars." The example shown is an escalonia grown by Peter Thorne of the Ayr BONSAI>BONSAI>BONSAI Group.


 - (Other)  
Entry for Bonsai Sabi Other  Update this bonsai term Sabi Other

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SABI - Often used together with the term "WABI" both of which terms relate to the Japanese sense of shibui, the aesthetic tastefulness and austerity in art and moveMEnt.  Sabi is the sense of beauty that comes with great age and which is acheived by nature, not by man.

Sachi eda

 - (Tree Parts)  
Entry for Bonsai Sachi eda Tree Parts  Update this bonsai term Sachi eda Tree Parts
Bonsai_san_no_eda1.jpg image EDA>EDA>SACHI EDA - Primary branch which establishes the direction and moveMEnt of the tree.  See also ICHI NO EDA and UKE EDA and SAN NO EDA.

Sagari eda

 - (Tree Parts)  
Entry for Bonsai Sagari eda Tree Parts   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Sagari eda Tree Parts
bonsai_branch_pruning_01.jpg  image EDA>EDA>SAGARI EDA - Branches (called "sagari eda") growing straight down should be removed from your BONSAI>BONSAI>BONSAI tree, unless of course your a growing a cascade style tree.


See Branch PRUNING.

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Sageretia (Sageretia Theezans)

 - (Tree Type (Indoors))  
Entry for Bonsai Sageretia (Sageretia Theezans) Tree Type (Indoors)   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Sageretia (Sageretia Theezans) Tree Type (Indoors)
bonsai_sage_retia_01.jpg image Sageretia (Sageretia TheeZAns) - Notable feature is its patchy, peeling (Plane tree type) BARK. Its slender branches support small, shiny, EVERGREEN LEAVES and white FLOWERS which develop into blue berries.

STYLE : Suited to all styles.

WARNING : High HUMIDITY essential. Site above or near (not on) water.

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 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Saikei Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Saikei Tree Style
saikei.jpg image SAIKEI - Saikei is a landscape in a tray/container forMEd by a grouping of trees together with a selection of plants, rocks, moss and sand to form a landscaped scene.  This style is said to have been created by Toshio Kawamoto inspired by miniature gardens of ancient origin.

Also sometimes referred to in the West as a "composition".

Salisbury Bonsai Society

 - (Club or Group)  
Entry for Bonsai Salisbury Bonsai Society Club or Group   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Salisbury Bonsai Society Club or Group
salisbury.jpg image BONSAI>BONSAI>BONSAISOCIETY>SALISBURY BONSAI SOCIETY - The Society was founded in August 1987 by two local bonsai enthusiasts, Rita Molland and Valerie Casey.

MEets on the first Monday of the month at Laverstock Village Hall Duck Lane at 7.45pm.

Contact is by email at


Samon yose (Sambon Yose)

 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Samon yose (Sambon Yose) Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Samon yose (Sambon Yose) Tree Style
Bonsai_Samon_Yose.jpg image SAMON YOSE (SAMBON YOSE) - GROUP PLANTING with three trees

San no eda

 - (Tree Parts)  
Entry for Bonsai San no eda Tree Parts  Update this bonsai term San no eda Tree Parts
Bonsai_san_no_eda.jpg image EDA>EDA>SAN NO EDA - Japanese term for third branch of a BONSAI>BONSAI>BONSAI tree.


 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Sankan Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Sankan Tree Style
Bonsai_Sankan.jpg.jpg image SANKAN - Denotes a "3 trunks on the saME tree" triple trunk style.


 - (Tree Parts)  
Entry for Bonsai Sapwood Tree Parts   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Sapwood Tree Parts
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