The Roseville Pottery Ming Tree pattern launched in 1949. During this period the pottery was having a difficult time competing in a changing marketplace. They were exploring new high-gloss glazes on more imaginative shapes, and it was in this environment that Ming Tree was born. The design of bonsai trees was a departure from typical floral patterns, and the background colors were solid. Intended to fit with Japanese decor, it appealed to few buyers.
Using twigs as handles, Roseville produced 22 total shapes. They named and advertised the colors as Jade Green, Celestial Blue, and Temple White. The glaze was very poor and prone to crazing. Because of this, it is difficult to find pieces without it. This is especially true in a pattern that did not sell well in the first place. Of the later lines, Ming Tree is one of the more difficult patterns to collect. Fortunately, prices for this line are still among the lowest. By being selective, a nice collection on a budget is possible.