BONSAI: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SURFACE ROOTS

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The formation of roots on the surface of a tree gives the impression that it is of signifcant age

This is known as "nebari" in Japanese

Surface roots add drama and naturilistic character to the tree

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Well as stablity and strength aiding in anchorage

Both upright and cascading trees can have exposed roots

In many cases the roots of a bonsai are more important than the shape of the upper portions

Stimulating and training surface roots is an art in itself

The technique used to assist the formation of nebari are successful with most species, especially the Ficus, fig

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