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is Ueki no Te Ire?
Japanese phrase, Ueki no Te Ire (also pronounced Niwaki no Te Ire), translates literally to "the care
of shrubs or ornamental landscape trees." In common usage, the phrase
usually refers to the Japanese arboriculture process of shaping landscape
trees into enormous works of art.
Westerners see these beautifully crafted trees, they often think of them
as "giant bonsai trees," even though the term "bonsai" refers specifically
to potted plants. Like bonsai, Japanese art trees have formal classifications
based on their style of pruning. Terms like Matsu Zukuri, or Kuruma
Shitate are used to describe particular pruning styles. These styles
often evoke the image of mountains off in the distance, or a large windswept
tree clinging to an ocean-side cliff.
trees are ubiquitous in the Japanese landscape and Asian-style pruning
is becoming increasing in popular in the West. While many North American
nurseries are attempting to re-create authentic Japanese styles, the results
often fall short of the real thing. Mass-produced "Hindu-pan" trees and
"Pom-pom" junipers usually do not conform to actual Japanese styles, and
are often awkward and gangly in appearance.
no Te Ire: The Japanese Art of Giant Bonsai is the first and only book
in the English language to deal specifically with the subject of Japanese
formal tree styles are introduced in the book, along with extensive color
photos, and step-by-step instructions to create authentic Japanese-style
landscape trees. In addition, the biological effects of pruning are discussed
in detail with a special emphasis on maintaining plant health. Throughout
the book traditionally used Japanese tree species are listed for each
formal style, along with species recommendations for North America.
no Te Ire, is a first-of-its kind resource for Western bonsai enthusiasts,
landscape designers, arborists, and specialty nursery growers. The book
can be purchase or previewed HERE,
at Lulu.com, the web's premier independent publishing marketplace.
Mader has a Bachelors Degree in Japanese Language and a Masters Degree
in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He
has traveled extensively across Japan and China, documenting gardening
and agricultural practices. He is a certified arborist and lives in the Pacific Northwest.