Sunday, June 28th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
This month, Bob Hale will be presenting Cork Bark Oak (Quercus suber), one of the great underrated species of bonsai. These trees tend to form massive trunks with rough textured bark. They are easy to grow and style, back budding and leafing out vigorously during the growing season. The species of oak most suitable for bonsai are not native to Japan, which may explain why Oaks have not been a traditional species of tree for bonsai.
The tradition of using oaks for bonsai actually originated in here in California in the 1950s. Living in California we have all grown up with oaks and can appreciate their strength, resilience, and incredible beauty.