Developing a bunjin/literati fig

Starting with this rather young rooted cutting of Ficus ‘Mystery’ I hope to one day develop a bunjin or literati style bonsai. The rooted cutting is now about two years old.


Ficus ‘Mystery’  from an aerial root cutting


After a quick trimming a nice line has developed in the trunk. Possibility #1


Possibility #2


Possible design #3


Possible design #4

Which of the designs seems to be the best to your eye?

To learn more about bunjin/literati styles see


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