A common question that I have been getting here at the museum is, “Do the fruit bearing trees in the collection actually produce fruit?” The answer is that it really all depends on the current year, the health of the tree, and if it has undergone a lot of pruning recently. We constantly prune trees back to maintain their tight silhouettes, and for better or for worse this often disrupts a tree’s natural ability to set fruit properly. Although, one thing I am learning is that you can’t make absolutes in Bonsai. Things always change and can be different from year to year. So do all these fruit bearing trees have the ability to bear fruit? Yes, but it is difficult to say exactly if they will produce each year. Here is an example of a shohin tree that is producing fruit currently- Emperor-Plum, Osteomeles boninensis. This tree was a gift of the all-Japan Shohin Bonsai Association in 2008. The training age is unknown.