Stolen American Larch Bonsai

This old American larch (tamarack) bonsai, along with two others, was stolen from a private collection in Toronto on June 23rd, 2014.

If you have seen this distinct bonsai, please call your local police department and/or contact the owner Elisabeth Leslie ewleslie[at]

The bonsai community is tight not only in Toronto but worldwide. Hopefully we can use this to our advantage to help get this lovely tree back to the owner.

Stolen American larch bonsai.

9 Responses

  1. Joan Greenway

    Have forwarded your email to all Matsuyama Bonsai Club members…I have contacts in BCI …would you like me to forward them as well?

    May you find it soon…it is a beautiful larch…

    Joan Greenway

    Communications for MBS
    BCI Director

    June 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    • LSBonsai

      Thank you Joan. I’m sure any communication with your BCI contacts would be greatly appreciated by the tree’s owner. All the best.

      June 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  2. I just posted an alert on my own blog, at I also snagged and reposted your picture, with attribution. Under the circumstances, I really didn’t think you would mind.

    Let’s hope someone spots the tree and it gets back to the owner safe and sound. (Then we tie the culprit to a post, give Elisabeth a pair of very dull scissors, and leave the two alone for an hour.)

    June 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    • LSBonsai

      Thank you Steve!

      June 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  3. It’s been posted on Reddit in /r/bonsai – we have a lot of hits, hope that helps.

    June 27, 2014 at 5:05 am

  4. Joan Greenway

    Hi Joan,

    From Gay …..

    Contact: Ms. Morgen Dobson, officer #1150 re. Neighbourhood Watch Press releases; or
    drps is the Durham Region Police Service. also:
    Morgen’s phone # is 905-579-1520 …toll free 1-888-579-1520, ext 5610 Fax 905-721-4293
    Office: Community Safety Branch, lower level, DRPS Central West Division, 480 Taunton Rd W, Whitby…Taunton and Anderson.
    Joan , I’ve met her and had a brief conversation with her at Seedy Saturday in February! She’ll be a good contact and will direct you to other groups or may be ‘urged’ to do this for you re. bonsai theft the other day. Hope this helps, Gay.

    June 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  5. Joan Greenway

    From Joe Grande Editor of BCI magazine

    What’s the story on stolen trees? I remember a bonsai collector in St. Louis who hired a bus to take visitors from the convention to his garden so that no one would remember how to get there on their own.

    Here’s a link to an article with many suggestions.

    June 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

  6. Joan Greenway

    From Massimo Bandera BCI Director via Joan

    big trouble!

    In Italy, the theft of bonsai is not uncommon. I have a sophisticated burglar alarm in the garden!
    Especially in the area of Milan, but many times they are thieves who try to sell them, then fail. It is not easy to sell bonsai.
    However, with the crisis recommend everyone to put a good burglar alarm.

    June 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  7. Joan Greenway

    From Kath Hughes BCI director via Joan,

    Very sorry to hear of the tree theft, unfortunately it is all too common an occurrence particularly here in UK and Europe. It seems these trees from Europe at least can all too easily be taken east into the eastern European countries when there is a ready market and no questions asked. Surely in your case it is not terribly likely that they would go beyond the north American Continent. Importing into Europe by road is easy but by ship far more difficult and rules strictly enforced. I would send your report worldwide on my Events calendar mailing list but I do not think it would be of any use.

    June 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

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