Bonsai Repairing
Yamadori - What is it?

What is Yamadori?
Yamadori trees are quite simply trees that have been collected from the wild and not grown by nurseries. These trees are typically very old since they have been growing in their natural habitat. It is typical to find trees that are over 300 years old.

So why do people collect trees?
The reason that people collect trees is because it would not be possible to develop a tree with such a thick trunk during someone's lifetime. Also a very popular characteristic of collected trees is deadwood effects that have been created over a long period of time by the elements. Combined with styling the foliage, an artist can create a truly unique and stunning piece of art.

How to collect?
There are different views on whether trees should be collected at all. Some take the standpoint that these trees have been literally uprooted from their homes. The other viewpoint is that we are preserving them and showcasing their beauty. Unfortunately, many collected trees do not always survive. If you have permission to collect from a property, then you can make that decision on your own.

Once collected, there is a considerable amount of aftercare required to ensure that the tree will survive. A common technique is to place them in large wooden boxes with a special soil blends to promote root development. Collected trees are also typically nurtured for multiple years in the box prior to ever being worked on. Only once they are completely healthy and strong, will an artist begin to style the tree.

If you have a strong interest in yamadori trees, we recommend joining local bonsai clubs. They will have the most knowledge as to local vendors or permitted collecting events.