Bonsai Trees

Styles: Twin Trunk - Sokan

Often referred to as the mother and son style, a second smaller trunk grows alongside the main tree. When styling, to give added depth the secondary trunk should ideally be positioned slightly behind and not directly side-by-side to avoid a flat, two-dimensional image.

In classical twin trunks the secondary trunk emerges at the base of the main tree, forming an acute angle. The first major branch normally grows on the smaller trunk.

Pleasing variations can be achieved with the smaller trunk being either short or tall, and not growing from the base, but slightly higher up the tree. Rectangular and oval pots are most suited to this style. Natural trees with two trunks are quite common.

Twin trunk style bonsai

Formal Upright - Chokkan
Informal Upright - Moyogi
Literati - Bunjingi
Windswept - Fukinagashi
Cascade - Kengai
Twin Trunk - Sokan
Root Over Rock - Sekijoju
Bonsai Root On Rock - Ishitsuki
Bonsai Driftwood - Sharimiki
Bonsai Group Planting - Yose-Ue
Bonsai Broom - Hokidachi

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