Pemphis acidula bonsai (Philippine Bantigue)

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Right Hand Side

Right Hand Side

Left Hand Side

Left Hand Side

view of this tree

The back view of this tree shows us a lot of curves meandering from base to top. In the wild, this tree was growing like a semi cascade with this side growing close to the ground as a result this side did not have any branches growing on it.
In this view we can notice a very abrupt taper. While in the front view we can hide this flaw with branches and foliage.
If you look closely at the bottom right of the picture, you will see two 25 gal. plastic pails. This is where I ferment fish and seaweed which I use to fertilize this tree. I use 1 tbsp per gallon and drench the soil with this solution every other day.

With my aggressive feeding regime, this tree grew so many roots that it clogged the drain hole in only one years time.

close up of the front and back of the treeclose up of the front and back of the tree

The above pictures show a close up of the front and back of the tree. In the front side, we can see the natural shari, this side in its former position in the wild (lying down as a cascade) was exposed to natural forces like typhoons, the heat of the sun, the strong wind and sometimes waves from the sea.

The opposite side has no shari since it was lying close to the ground and protected from the elements. The bark is about half an inch thick and has a very rough texture, this tells us that this tree is very old.

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