BONSAI WORLD A series of articles by The Shikoku Shimbun focuses on the attractions of bonsai which encapsulate small universes in containers.

Nishikimatsu (cork bark Japanese black pine) (2) Yumenishiki; New variety spend 15 years for selection

October 19, 2010

 Kagawa Bonsai Production Promotion Association started to sell the new variety of Nishikimatsu (cork bark Japanese black pine) named "Yumenishiki" in 2000. It is said that it had been 15 years to select it among 50,000 trees.

Small-sized trees have high popularity

 The needles of Yumenishiki have good quality and its color is dark green. It is early maturing variety so the trunks split soon and it is easy to grow. It is said that trees having the trunk split soon are easily damaged by the pests but the matter was solved. At first the seedling was expensive because of the time and effort for development. But now it comes down in price.

Tanimoto Yoshikazu in Takamatsu's Kokubunji town specializes in Nishikimatsu (cork bark Japanese black pine). From his dead father's age, they have cultivated Nishikimatsu (cork bark Japanese black pine) mainly but he stopped growing large-sized bonsai several years ago because small-sized bonsai gained in popularity. Now he grows small-sized Yumenishiki.

As other varieties, Yumenishiki will grow as tall as man in a natural way. Most of his trees in a pot are 15 centimeters height, and the seedlings in the field are the same in height. He says the height of the tree can be changed by cutting. The words comes from his bitter experiences in 1975 when he tried to make small-sized Nishikimatsu (cork bark Japanese black pine) and failed many times.

Tanimoto Yoshikazu taking care of Yumenishiki inhis field in Seijuen Bonsai Garden in Takamatsu's Kokubunji town
Tanimoto Yoshikazu taking care of Yumenishiki inhis field in Seijuen Bonsai Garden in Takamatsu's Kokubunji town

Do something nobody does

 Tanimoto clearly said about his view of bonsai, "We have to do something nobody does. Trees in everywhere can't get attention." It was also his dead father's lesson.

 And he said, "We have to listen to the opinions of bonsai lovers in the bonsai markets and events. Now large-sized bonsai is not popular for many reasons." He is one of the oldest growers in Kokubunji but flexible in his thinking.

 The height of Tanimoto's Yumenishiki is 13 centimeters in 8 years. It's convenient size for person living in apartment house to put it on the shoes box and the entrance. He also told us, "There is no transportation fee when we put it between larger trees." It is his secret technique.

Yumenishiki whose height is 13 centimeters in 8 years
Yumenishiki whose height is 13 centimeters in 8 years

Tanimoto works hard with his flesh idea. We hope his elaborate technique which everyone will come down to his successors.
(By Shigeo Hano)


Alejandro LolliniFebruary 5, 2011 7:20 AM

Hi wanted to know if you have white pine seeds for sale and if they send to Argentina from already thank you very much
best regards

GaryMay 20, 2011 8:57 PM

Do you send a small size bonsai Yumenishiki to hong kong. I want to buy one please email me information

Kelly JohnsonJune 21, 2011 9:15 AM

I would like to buy 1 or 2 Cork Bark Black pines to ship to California.

Thank you

HienJuly 25, 2011 2:36 PM

I have same question as Kelly did. Let me know ASAP.
Thank you.

Jon BrittNovember 7, 2011 9:37 AM

Can you import any way? How about through Candada?


garret youngMay 4, 2012 12:08 PM

I would like to purchase 2 cork bark pines to ship to california

Keith Schultz May 11, 2013 2:35 PM

Can these nishiki be shipped to Hawaii would like to buy a few

nguyen thanh minhSeptember 30, 2013 2:22 AM

Hi, I want to buy Cork bark pine seedlings (one year) ship to Vietnam. Thank you

wm. vrettosNovember 3, 2014 8:25 AM

hi ! can you ship to usa ? T. Y.

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