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Slanting Bonsai style (Shakan)

Slanting Bonsai style Shakan
Because of the wind blowing in a single dominant path or when a tree grows within the shadow and have to bend toward the sun, the tree will lean in 1 path. With Bonsai, the leaning style need to develop at an angle of about 60 - 80 degrees relative for the ground. The roots are nicely created on a single side to maintain the tree standing. Around the side toward which the tree is leaning, the roots are clearly not too created. The initial branch grows opposite the path from the tree, as a way to develop a sense of visual balance. The trunk could be slightly bent or entirely straight, but nevertheless be thicker in the bottom than in the leading.

Benefits of Shakan

Is the fact that it combines several types of bonsai into one particular kind. This makes it possible for us to bend the guidelines of related designs to be able to type an attractive slanting style bonsai. Also the motion and tension produced together with the slanting kind give us an element of style that creates interest and energy.

Disadvantage of Shakan

Is the fact that the off-balance image from the tree leaving the ground at an angle may be challenging to balance together with the branching. We must discover and generate a symmetrical balance within the tree, we want the longer branches facing opposite from the lean, otherwise it portrays a windswept image. We need to attempt to make a tree that holds a lot more of a strong steady image then one particular of a windswept tree. Even though we use windswept qualities it needs to be balanced with these of informal upright and formal upright branching structure.

Species appropriate are:

Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Juniper (Juniperus sp.)
Spruce (Picea sp.)
Olive (Olea sp.)
Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)
Pine (Pinus sp.)

List of Bonsai Style

  1. Broom style Bonsai (Hokidachi)
  2. Formal upright Bonsai style (Chokkan)
  3. Informal upright Bonsai style (Moyogi)
  4. Slanting Bonsai style (Shakan)
  5. Cascade Bonsai style (Kengai)
  6. Semi cascade Bonsai style (Han-kengai)
  7. Literati Bonsai style (Bunjingi)
  8. Windswept Bonsai style (Fukinagashi)
  9. Double trunk style Bonsai (Sokan)
  10. Multitrunk Bonsai style (Kabudachi)
  11. Forest Bonsai style (Yose-ue)
  12. Growing on a rock Bonsai style (Seki-joju)
  13. Growing in a rock Bonsai style (Ishisuki)
  14. Raft Bonsai style (Ikadabuki)
  15. Shari Bonsai style (Sharimiki)