Most trees will eventually grow from saplings into large trees. But bonsai trees, like this 400-year-old Japanese white pine, will always stay tiny.
Most trees will eventually grow from saplings into large trees. But bonsai trees, like this 400-year-old Japanese white pine, will always stay tiny.

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Finished permastubs

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