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    National Arboretum Part 6 - North American Pavilion

    Welcome to the last set of photos that I'll post from the National Arboretum in Washington DC. This pavilion was, in my opinion, the most outstanding collection there. This is not to say that North American bonsai is the best there is (not saying it isn't, either), but I think it *is* true that when an American bonsai master wishes to donate one of his or her works, this is the premier place for it to go. When a Chinese or Japanese master wishes to donate one of his or her works, the National Arboretum might not be the first choice.

    In any case, the trees I saw in this pavilion were wonderful. Without further ado, here they are.

    This Common Privet, from 1979, is clearly the creation of a true artist.
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    Here is a Pasture Juniper from 1980.
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    This Prostrate Juniper began training in 1969.
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    I almost decided to use this Blue Atlas Cedar, from 1950, as the mystery tree, but I've got something else in mind!
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    This Chinese Elm grove began its life as a bonsai in 1988.
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    This Foemina Juniper collection, begun in 1953, is one of the world's best known bonsai. Call 202-245-2705 x3524 to listen to the National Arboretum's cell phone tour stop about this piece (call is free). Also, my picture is pretty crumby. You can see some better pictures and read about "Goshin" here.
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    Here is a California Juniper, from 1964. It also has a tour stop: 202-245-2705 x3522
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    This is another Foemina Juniper collection, from 1970. Personally, I found this more striking than "Goshin".
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    Here is a Bird's Nest Spruce, in training since 1956.
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    And this time an extra challenge for the mystery tree - its leaves have fallen! Do you still have what it takes to identify it successfully?
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    Another job well done John! That has to be a Trident Maple, my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamurthman View Post
    Another job well done John! That has to be a Trident Maple, my guess.
    Thanks!

    Sorry, not a Trident Maple.

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    Rats! I love to play, just not a good guesser. Ok, it's leafless, so eliminate all evergreens. A type of plum maybe?

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    Pomegranate?

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    is it an elm> this is hard!

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    Completely a shot in the dark guess, Hornbeam?

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    oak? probably not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisí M. View Post
    Pomegranate?
    Correct! Wow I thought that would have taken longer. Caisi M wins the "prize"!

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