Slanting Bonsai Style
And now for yet another Bonsai tree style! The Slanting style isn’t that different to the windswept or that of the informal upright. This type of tree tends to mimic large trees that are weathered well. I think of them as tall windswept beach trees!
Most species will work just fine for this type of tree since they aren’t very much different to the informal upright. Let’s have a look at a slanting Bonsai:
As you can see, the main feature of this tree is that of the large slant in the trunk (as you may have been able to guess by the name). The foliage is something that you can have some fun with. You can either have it come out from each side like that of the above image, or you can do what I like to do and keep all the foliage at the top of the tree. This again gives that illusion of height that I love in a Bonsai.
This style differs to that of the windswept Bonsai because you haven’t styled the branches to look like they have been messed with by the wind.
The two primary ways of creating this effect are by wiring, and the other way a more simple solution of planting the tree on an angle. The wiring solution will produce a more detailed and effective Bonsai tree, but you can get a really good head start with the ‘plant at an angle’ method if you like.
If you are going to plant it at angle, make sure that you use wiring to make sure that the tree continues to grow in the direction that you want it to, and that the foliage and branches do what they are supposed to do.
The slanting Bonsai style is an easy one to achieve and yet is very effective.