Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, besides the Doug Fir, two trees that really captivated me were the Vine Maple and Madrona. I moved to the middle of Europe back in 2011 right when I first found out about Mirai, Lucky me! Anyway, I searched the internet for bonsai examples of Doug, Vine and Madrona. There were none until Ryan, Michael Hagedorn and perhaps a few others started finally styling them and bam in 2013 Google was blessed with a new range of Doug fir bonsai examples as well as Vine maple examples which had me beaming.
There is still one species that I believe deserves some attention, perhaps it’s not suitable for container life as some have told me but perhaps if anyone can figure it out and create a Pacific coastline group planting or even a single tree, it’s Mirai.
Does anyone have any experience with Madrona and does anyone else think that this slowly disappearing tree could be a fantastic example as bonsai?
I would be interested to get your thoughts. Also wasn’t sure where to put this topic so I just placed it in design.