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Chicago Botanical Garden Collection

In 2000, the Chicago Botanic Garden unveiled a priceless gift to its bonsai collection. Mr. Susumu Nakamura, internationally renowned bonsai master, donated 19 of the most prized specimens from his personal collection to the Garden.

With the acquisition of these miniature masterpieces, including some international award-winning plants, the Gardenís collection of 185 bonsai becomes one of the best public collections of bonsai in the world.

It has outstanding examples of evergreen, deciduous, tropical, flowering and fruiting trees.

The Garden's Bonsai Collection is on rotating display in the East and West Courtyards of the Regenstein Center from May to October.

The Garden has recently accqired the Midwest Bonsai Society's Vice-President, Ivan Waters as currator.

Photographs by Paul Stokes

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Overview

Overview

Chinese Fringe Tree (Loropetalum chinense)

Cork Bark Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thumbergii 'Corticosa')

Full Moon Maple (Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum')

Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinensis)

Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thumbergii)

Hinoki Cypress (Chaemecyparis obtusa)

Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)

Boulevard Cypress (Chamaecypress pilifera 'Boulevard')

Blaauw Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw')

Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens)

Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica')

Cutleaf Weeping Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Ever Red')

Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

Japanese Elm (Ulmus davidiana 'Nire')

Deshojo Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Deshojo')

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress (Chaemecyparis obtusa 'Nana')

Common Privet (Ligstrum vulgare)

Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvetris)

Japanese Elm 'Yatsubusa' (Ulmus davidiana 'Nana')

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress or False Cypress (Chaemecyparis obtusa 'Nana')

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy')

Unknown (Not Labeled)

Boulevard Cypress (Chamaecypress pilifera 'Boulevard')

European Olive (Olea europea)

Japanese Elm (Ulmus davidiana 'Nire')

Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica')

Japanese Mulberry (Morus australis)

Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

San Jose Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'San Jose')

Japanese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis japonica)

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Narrow Leaf Firethorn (Pyracantha angusfolia)

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Pomagranate (Punica granatum)

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana')

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