Bonsai Styles: Cascade Style


A semicascade Juniper

A full cascade tree


It's difficult to outline the difference bertween a semi-cascade and a full cascade tree. But any tree with a trunk angle greater than 45 degrees should be reguarded as a full cascade.

Try to avoid a 'Flat' Cascade. the upper tree seems to lack the 'presence' of the lower one. The situation can be resolved by allowing the topmost branch to develop.



The trunk of a full cascade bonsai should come forward of the pot and slightly to one side. Cascades are always planted in deep pots to provide both visual and physical stability.


The cascade, as with most bonsai styles should have a triangular shape, the tip of which should be below the trunk in the pot.The exception to this rule is if the cascade is also in the windswept style

Ideally a cascade should be developed from a large low branch, bending a tree over and wiring it down will produce an unnatural looking curve on the tree.

A semi-cascade Beech


A Black Pine Semi-cascade


Allen. C. Roffey June 6, 2018 12:52