What are some terms you wished you knew early on that would have helped your bonsai practice? Do you think different regions have varying ‘bonsai dialects’ in regards to the terminology that is used?
Below are a few basic terms we find to be most helpful when starting out with bonsai - help us fill out this list!
NebariThe junction of the soil and the trunk, specifically the flair at this intersection.
ShinThe core of the root system immediately below the trunk.
ShariDeadwood on the trunk.
ApexThe highest mass of living foliage on the tree.
JinDeadwood created by dead branches.
RamificationThe sequential division of branching from the base of a branch to the fine twigging at the tips.
Refinement vs. DevelopmentRefinement is the targeted distribution of energy and improved development of fine twigging and form - typically the later stage of a bonsai's life.
Development is the strategic building of strength, thickening of branches, healing of wounds, and expansion of root and foliar mass to set the structure to begin refinement.