Ficus Bonsai

Unusual Bonsai | Kusamura Bonsai Club

Uncommon Bonsai

by Marsha Mekisich

These are notes from a dialogue and workshop of much less frequent timber led by Jerry Carpenter and Gordon Deeg, primarily based on timber introduced in by our members. This model consists of pictures of lots of the completely different species that can assist you determine the tree. These pictures come from quite a lot of completely different websites – credit are listed on the finish.

Ficus – Delicate to low temperature as they’re a tropical plant. Jerry famous he brings his inside when outdoors lows attain 50-degrees. He retains his dwelling cool so the transition reduces stress from any temperature change. In the summertime clip leaves again usually to 2 leaves on a department to realize lowered leaf measurement. Plant largely in Akadama including a small quantity of pumice. Ficus will profit from yearly transplanting. Utilizing a humidity tray and watering every day will present extra humidity, don’t enable plant to sit down in water. When you’ve got a ficus on ginseng root you may inform simply if you’re not offering the appropriate humidity and water routine. The skinny pores and skin/bark on the ginseng will present cracking and or wrinkling. Will really pump up and clean out with correct hydration.

Ficus Bonsai

Ficus (Fickr)

Fig – Sure your common fruit bearing fig. The leaves of this tree will be lowered. Reduce the leaves again to inexperienced stubs in summer season to cut back leaf measurement.

Stewartia – Prefers partial shade. Flowers for a really brief time on new wooden, usually at a time of yr when few different timber are flowering. Associated to the Camellia with easy and related flowers. Clean, very ornamental orange bark that peels considerably like a crepe myrtle. Stewartia timber will again bud.


Stewartia (Greenwood Bonsai Studios)

Serissa – Small delicate bush. Deal with much like an azalea when repotting. By no means bear root.  Blooms delicate tiny white or pink rose like flowers. Flowers from early spring by means of late autumn.  Buds again. You should definitely open up sufficient for mild to get inside to help again progress as wished. Serissa will look ragged when not pruned usually. Prune after flowering to maintain its tremendous dense kind dead-heading spent flowers to extend the blooming interval. Serissa prefers partial shade, particularly solar within the mornings and shade within the afternoons. Not tolerant of drought or freezing temperatures.


Serissa (Wikipedia)

Silverberry – In the reduction of to 2 leaves, time and again to cut back leaf measurement by 50% or extra. Transplant early summer season by means of September. Silverberry’s provide many fashion choices depending on materials.  Could bloom and supply purple berries, plant considerably finicky.


Silverberry (John Naka)

Azaleas – Work on them in June. In the reduction of in early spring so no leaves apart from small leaf buds at suggestions. Do that once more after bloom chopping again to 2-Three leaves. Older timber are dealt with in a different way, be extra conservative leaving extra leaves. Enable to bloom when sturdy possibly each different yr. You should definitely reduce flowers and remaining flower buds off after predominant present is over to cut back stress on the tree. Bear in mind Azaleas are a bush. If prime is weak depart extra on prime vs backside to maintain the highest sturdy as you trim and reduce. A bush maintains energy from the underside, whereas a tree pushes energy to the highest. Maintain this in thoughts as you determine your plant and progress with styling and upkeep. Don’t bareroot when repotting.


Azalea (Kusamura)

Mickey Mouse BushOchna serrulata. Generally often called the Mickey Mouse Bush because of the flowers bright-red sepals that resemble Mickey Mouse’s face. Grows tremendous in solar or half shade however doesn’t tolerate frost nicely. Mickey Mouse adapts nicely to mild pruning. Usually a bush however is usually a tree rising to 20-feet. Very uncommon to see as a bonsai.

Mickey Mouse Bush

Mickey Mouse Bush – after the fruit ripens the now vibrant scarlet sepals fold again (Prime Tropicals)

Japanese SnowbellStyrax Japonica – from Japan having small white or pink bell formed flowers. Prefers cool shady location and appreciates being moist. Has been grown efficiently as a hedge in Oregon, may also make a really sleek female bonsai.

Styrax Japonica

Styrax Japonica (Wetlands Research and Options Inc.)

Rosemary – Spring is one of the best time for repotting. In the reduction of after which repot. Don’t bareroot. Tremendous to chop branches from backside and sides. Right here is a superb tip from Gordon that applies to all plant materials. Earlier than chopping roots round any root ball, take away tree from pot and poke round roots to see the place predominant trunk ends and roots begin to make sure you don’t unknowingly reduce off all of the roots. Typically the trunk can finish deeper underneath the soil line, and should finish as much as the aspect of the pot. Except you examine, you don’t have any thought what treasures could also be hidden beneath the soil.

Rosemary Shohin

Rosemary Shohin (Australian Bonsai Neighborhood)

Corokia Cotoneaster – Truly will not be a cotoneaster in any respect being associated to the dogwood household. Clip and magnificence. Few people together with myself have had unhealthy experiences similar to lack of branches when making an attempt to wire and magnificence. When trimming all the time reduce flush. Repot within the spring solely, not in the course of the warmth of summer season. Silver grey stems with tiny leaves, in spring have tiny aromatic yellow flowers. Full solar to half shade with good drainage and summer season water. Frost hardy however will get tangled wanting layers changing into a problem to fashion, however enjoyable and delightful when the proprietor is persistent.

Corokia Cotoneaster

Corokia Cotoneaster – berries (Flickr)

Bald Cypress – Considered one of just some deciduous conifers. Pure progress sample is a large increasing cover however many fashion extra like a redwood.  Recognized for what’s known as “its knees” which is its very thick elongated trunk. Develops “cypress knees” solely in moist swampy circumstances, however will adapt and develop in moist or dryer circumstances. Options brief needles organized in pairs alongside slender branchlets. Their coloring ranges from yellow-green in spring to smooth inexperienced in summer season to reddish or orange/brown in autumn.

Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress (Wikipedia)

Pieres Japonica Shojo – (Pie-ear-is) Blooms are pink or white cascades of little flowers off stem ends on new wooden. Leaves will be lowered much like schefflera. After blooming, reduce. Word that cuts end in Three stems. In the reduction of to final progress or to 1 or 2 stems on every department whereas styling. Prefers solar to half shade. Grown primarily for its flowers in spring.

Pieres Japonica

Pieres Japonica – blush selection (48-Flowers)

Goldcup Oak – A canyon stay (evergreen) oak. Leaves have small clean edge, elongated oval in form with pointy tip and rounded base. Shiny inexperienced shade leaves with a outstanding backbone on topside and a uninteresting golden hue on the underside. Reduce leaves again to 2 leaves at branch-lets when shaping for fashion.

Goldcup Oak

Goldcup Oak (Flickr)

Corkbark Oak – The leaves are four to 7 cm (1.6 to 2.eight in) lengthy, weakly lobed or coarsely toothed, darkish inexperienced above, paler beneath, with the leaf margins typically curving downward. Practice identical because the goldcup. Watch roots. Buttress could are usually fist like. Work the roots out when repotting. Place a rock underneath the trunk and drive the roots to develop out vs down. Can also develop bumps initially on the bottom. These which might be ugly will be regularly picked off to enhance spreading and nebari.

Corkbark Oak Bonsai

Corkbark Oak (Kusamura)

Picture Credit

Some pictures come from previous Kusamura Annual Reveals. Others, come from quite a lot of sources. To one of the best of our data, reproducing them right here ought to be OK.

Ficus – Fickr / Mike (hyperlink)
Stewartia – Greenwood Bonsai Studios, UK (hyperlink)
Serissa – Wikipedia / Forest & Kim Starr (hyperlink)
Rosemary – Australian Bonsai Neighborhood (hyperlink)
Silverberry – John Naka, discovered at BetterBonsai
Mickey Mouse Bush – Prime Tropicals (hyperlink)
Styrax Japonica – Wetlands Research and Options Inc. (hyperlink)
Corokia Cotoneaster – Filcker / John Sullivan (hyperlink)
Pieres Japonica – (hyperlink)
Gold Cup Oak – Flickr / Kerry Woods (hyperlink)
Bald Cyprus – “Bald Cypress” by Kej605 – Personal work. Licensed underneath CC BY-SA through Wikimedia Commons (hyperlink)

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