microphylla (Fukien Tea)
This tree was
added to my collection about 5 years ago. I found it at of all
places, a roadside nursery. It was infested with aphids, few leaves
and a lot of dead branches (which also made it very affordable).
Most of the current foliage has been developed during that time.
I estimate it to be 35-40 years old based on average growth rates
common for this species. The over all height is 20" with
the buttress at 4" near the soil line. Future reduction in
the apex is planned for the future once it thickens a little more
as the branches below have remained somewhat weak. This will,
I hope, direct more energy to them.
this one as a gift 5 years ago from a friend who didn't understand
what Bonsai is all about. It started out, basically as a stick
(smaller than a pencil) in a 6" nursery pot, and not wanting
to seem ungrateful, thanked them with lavish praise. It was promptly
tossed in the "not very interesting" pile with the houseplants
and pretty much forgotten. 2 Years ago I noticed a Ficus poking
out of the background foliage and it was rediscovered. It was
still in the same 6" pot with very little soil left and lots
of roots. The tray was one I picked out the year before for another
project that hadn't work out, so I styled and potted it that same
day. It is currently at 20" in height with a 1" trunk
diameter. The dish is an unglazed Chinese oval. I guess my friend
did understand after all.
was found growing on a rooftop 5 years ago in leaf mulch from
over hanging trees. In my line of work as an A/C technician I
am always looking at trees I pass as potential Bonsai. I trained
these trees on the roof for 3 years as part of my
quarterly equipment maintenance service.
I ensured plenty
of water by way of the condensate drains from a nearby A/C unit.
I finally had to remove them when I learned the roof was to be
replaced that very day. The larger tree was reduced by 40% after
squirrel damage last year and it needs further branching on the
right side. They have been in their current pot for 2 years. The
tallest is 20" high and the smallest is 17".
This tree was
obtained 10 years ago and the lower right and left tier of branches
was not present at the time, having been developed since through
the clip-and-grow method and no wire. It has a hollow trunk and
I will need to make a decision in the next 2 years as to the best
method of stabilizing the dead wood. The inside is only 1/4"
thick in some places and is in danger of weakening further.
It is 14 "in height and spreads to 16". The trunk is
3" wide at the base.
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