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      Our long-time sensei, Leroy Fujii (June 1925 - November 1998), designed some of Arizona's finest bonsai during his five decade study of the art.  He had well over a hundred bonsai in various stages of training at the time he left us. 
        On this and the next page we present some examples of his work and play.  These photographs were taken January 1999 and were initially used for a custom memorial calendar.  The standardized measurements were taken on Sept. 5, 1999 and are maximum visual for each plane.  Height is vertical, width is horizontal, depth is front-to-back.  We are trying to get additional details about these compositions.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, enjoy a few desert creations... 

Four Man Olive
Leroy's Olive  

Four-man Olive
( Olea europaea )

 Designed from what was once a full-size grove tree,
this now stands about 5 feet tall [c.150 cm]  
from outside bottom
of the pot to the tree's apex.
 Donated to the Huntington Botanical Garden,
July 1999.
Photo on right taken in late April 2000
by Virginia Baran.



Texas Sage
Texas Sage
( Leucophyllum frutescens )

(Tree: 34"H x 29"W x 19"D
[86.4 cm x 73.7 cm x 48.3 cm] ;
pot: 7-1/2"H x 21"W x 14-1/2"D
[19.0 cm x 53.3 cm x 36.8cm] )



Dwarf Myrtle
Dwarf Myrtle
( Myrtus communis 'Compacta')

 Originally a landscape specimen.

 (Tree: 18-1/2"H x 21"W x 20"D
[47.0 cm x 53.3 cm x 50.8 cm] ;
pot: 7"H x 22"W x 16-1/2"D
[17.8 cm x 55.9 cm x 41.9 cm] )

Feb. 2002 Matsuri Display



( Punica granatum 'Nana')

 Originally a landscape specimen.

 (Tree: 20"H x 23"W x 25"D
[50.8 cm x 58.4 cm x 63.5 cm] ;
pot: 9"H x 10"W x 10"D
[22.9 cm x 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm] )



Catlin Elm Penjing
Penjing Masterpiece

Five Catlin Elms
( Ulmus parvifolia 'Catlin')

In and around lava rock.
 This composition is twenty-five
plus years old.

 (12-1/2"H [31.7 cm] ;
pot: 2"H x 18"W x 13"D
[5.1 cm x 45.7 cm x 33.0 cm] )



Elephant Food Cascade
Elephant Food
( Portulacaria afra )

Awesome in person.

 (Tree: 33"H x 19"W x 17"D
[83.8 cm x 48.3 cm x 43.2 cm] ;
pot: 12"H x 6"W x 6"D
[30.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm] )

Leroy's Trees 2

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