Broom – Hokidachi :
This style is employed for trees with extensive, fine branching. The trunk is straight and upright with noticeable taper from nebari to apex. It branches out in all directions about 1/3 of the way up the entire height of the tree. Branching continues to get finer as it gets to the exterior of the tree.
-Advantages of Broom style bonsai are that they are easy on the viewers eyes. It is very inviting as an onlooker to see a bonsai that almost immediately brings you to nature or somewhere familiar. Most of us can imagine a park that you grew up playing in where there was a huge old tree you would climb and hide behind. This is the exact image we are trying to replicate in Hokidachi Style, an old uninhibited tree with vast amounts of light and space with vigorous growth.
-Disadvantage of Hokidachi is the amount of time needed to create this image and feel comfortable about putting it in a show. There is a lot of access and available stock for broom style bonsai, it is just the amount of effort and time we are willing to put into it. Then from there following pruning guidelines cutting back to form the Y into Y branching structure. It takes patience but the finished products of Broom style are one of the most appealing we can create in bonsai.
The most common application is to Japanese Zelkova’s but it can be done with any type of Elm