The slanting style of bonsai trees, also known as Shakan, is inspired by the natural shape of trees that grow under the influence of wind, light, or gravity. In this style, the trunk leans to one side at an angle of about 60 to 80 degrees from the ground, creating a dynamic and elegant impression. The roots on the side of the lean are stronger and more visible than the ones on the opposite side, to support the weight and balance of the tree. The first branch usually grows in the opposite direction of the lean, while the other branches alternate left and right along the trunk. The trunk can be straight or slightly curved, but it should always taper from the base to the apex. The slanting style can be applied to many species of bonsai trees, but it is especially suited for deciduous trees with fine branching.