Bonsai Style – Windswept (Fukinagashi)
Just imagine a tree being swept by a harsh wind and you’ll see the exact appearance of a windswept-styled bonsai. Yes, this form basically simulates the appearance of a tree being exposed to strong winds. So for this style, expect to see your bonsai with branches that appear swept to one particular angle and side.
Note that of the styles available for bonsai, this is the most difficult to portray, though several beginners have started developing it simply for one main reason – the windswept form is dramatic.
One important thing to note about this form is that the tree should be kept growing with all the branches facing at a particular angle. They should never be upright, but they may cascade.
Recommended Species: As claimed by most experts, almost all types of plant species can be appropriate for this form.
Recommended Techniques: Note that pruning, tapering, and wiring will help make your bonsai to imitate a windswept image.
- Bonsai Style – Broom (Hokidachi)
- Bonsai Style – The Cascades (Kengai)
- Bonsai Style – Formal Upright (Chokkan)
- Bonsai Style – Informal Upright (Moyogi)
- Bonsai Style – Slanting (Shakkan or Chakkan)