Promoting the art of Bonsai in Northern Ireland

Tree 10: False Cypress


Tree Species: False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera Plumosa Dumosa)

Owner: Paul Homan – Leinster Bonsai Club 2015-16 and previous member of The Bonsai Section RHS Dublin (defunct) as far back as  1985.

Potter if Known: Ian Smith – Wallsall Ceramics

History: Paul’s own words, “While visiting a nursery 20 years ago I spotted this tight foliage plant and thought it might make interesting Bonsai material. I trained the plant and indeed it proved to be a fitting subject. About 12 years ago I used a hard wood cutting to produce this particular tree and have cut the parent tree successfully a number of times since then. I will continue to develop the tree however I will not let it grow very much taller as it currently presents a pleasing bonsai image. The tree is hardy and survives the Dublin winters without any problems.

The tree was selected for Bonsai30 as it is a beautiful bonsai using an unusual species. It also shows some of the history of bonsai in Ireland with Paul being a stalwart of bonsai in Dublin starting bonsai in 1983 and now a regular at the newly formed Leinster Bonsai Club founded in 2014 in partnership with NIBS.

A photo of small beginning with cutting of this species.


The original parent plant bought 20 years ago.


Paul and his little Chamaecyparis.