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Slanting "Shakan"

A slanting bonsai tree.

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.

Other trees in the collection that share this property:

This northern white-cedar was field collected (yamadori) in northern Michigan.  The tree was purchased by the Krohn Conservatory in 2022 for the Fall Bonsai Show.  It has been in training since 2022.  The tree was styled by bonsai artist Jennifer Price during the 2022 Fall Bonsai Show.

It is a slanted, informal upright style.  The pot is rectangular, glazed, gold tone in color and is 5 inches deep.

This Ponderosa Pine tree was field collected, with permission, (yamadori) by Bonsai Society member Larry Jackel.  In 2004 it was a demonstration tree for the Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati and was won in a raffle by Society member Bill Katz who subsequently donated it to the Krohn Conservatory.

It is a slant style.  The pot is oval, unglazed, medium brown in color and is 3 inches deep.

It originally was a muti-trunk style with two trees.  It is now a single trunk slant style.  It is housed in the Desert Room.

The Jade’s pot is brown, unglazed rectangular and 5 inches deep. 

This is a small shrubby succulent plant known by the common name bonsai crassula, due to its bonsai-like appearance. It is a perennial plant native to the eastern half of South Africa, on mountain slopes in rocky terrain.

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