The Katade-mochi "two-hand" size of bonsai trees is one of the most popular and versatile categories of bonsai. It refers to the trees that can be held with two hands, but are still small enough to be displayed on a table or a stand. The Katade-mochi size allows for a variety of styles and shapes, from formal upright to cascade, and from deciduous to evergreen. The Katade-mochi size also offers a balance between the aesthetic appeal and the maintenance requirements of bonsai, as they are easier to care for than smaller trees, but more affordable and transportable than larger ones.
Other trees in the collection that share this property:
This landscape Itoigawa Shimpaku was created by Chris Baker for the Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati’s Fall Show October 2023. Chris Baker is the curator of the Chicago Botanical Garden’s Bonsai collection.