In Sokan style two trunks rise from a single base. The trunks generally touch and may be joined to a short distance above the nebari. In classic Japanese style one trunk is taller and thicker than the other, and both are clearly visible from the trees front. Branching from the two trunks extend in the classic style Left, Right, and Back Brach, but try not to let them grow toward each other.
Advantages of Twin-Trunk
Style are the ability to style two trees into one composition. A great term I have heard around is creating a ‘Mother-Daughter’ tree; or my own version ‘Father-Son’ . This idea is that we have a main trunk which extends above the smaller trunk as if to protect it from the harsh elements. The Mother trunk will turn back holding the other in its grasp, forming a unified apex. This is a truly great image when done properly.
Disadvantages of Twin-Trunk
Are that sine we have a split into two trees the nebari must be worked and exposed so that we don’t have reverse taper where the Bonsai splits. Also branch selection becomes difficult as we don’t want to have a void in the middle of our image. Choosing back branches to fill our negative space are very important.
Any species of tree is suitable for this style, although deciduous trees formed in this style are a great sight in the winter months. It is most common to see Japanese maples formed into this style.
- Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)
- Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
- Ponderosa Pine (Pinus Ponserosa)
- Olive (Olea sp.)
- Juniper (Juniperus sp.)
- Quince (Cydonia sp.)
- Spruce (Picea sp.)
- Jasmine (Murraya paniculata)
- Ficus ( Ficus sp.)
- Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
- Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia)
- Beech (Fagus sp.)
- Crab Apple (Malus sp.)
- Pomegranate (Punica granatum)