[quote="mboatman"]MY QUESTION IS" WHY DO THEY RECEIVE SUCH A BAD REPUTATION AS BAD BONSAI MATERIAL?quote]
I don't thnk it's all that bad anymore, at least not as bad as it once was. It seems to me the reluctance to use the material is from the difficulty in finding good material and then getting it out of the ground and keeping it alive. They are notorious for being difficult to get large caliper trees out of the ground alive because of their natural growth habit, roots in particular. Not to mention, that material for "informal upright " designs are rater far and few between as well. If you have a nice selection of material to collect from, you should definately go get it. One thing I've never understood is the use of the material in other design styles that is more ameniable to thinner or stright trunks like multi-tree forests or Bunjin (there are a couple of examples of bunjin in the ABS reference images that are very nice) and the like. Trees with trunks smaller than thumb size are rather easy to lift out of the ground and should be used more often since it's readily avaliable, at least in the Eastern Parts of the US. "Bad Rap", I' think it's more of a "misunderstanding of the material".
Boaz, Kentucky US growing zone 6A