Similar to the Informal Upright style, the Slanting, or Shakan bonsai represents a tree that has grown at an angle due to exposure to the elements when young. The trunk of Slanting style bonsai may be straight like the Formal Upright or bend as in the Informal style, but the apex of the tree will be either to the right or the left of the base of the trunk.
The roots of the tree grow in the opposite direction of the slant of the trunk to support it. As in the Informal Upright style, the branches are arranged so that the Slanting tree does not look asymmetrical.
As in the Informal Upright style, most species are suitable for Shakan, particularly Conifers.