Posts categorised: Species

Carunaregam spinosa

Carunaregam spinosa of the Rubiaceae family is a spiny deciduous shrub or small tree with edible fruits when cooked and can be found in East Asia, Southern China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. It is reported to have medicinal properties as well as the fruit and bark are used for dying materials.

Casurarina eqiosetifolia (Australian Pine)

Casurarina eqiosetifolia (Australian Pine) is a species that I had not seen before ever as a bonsai and I have yet to see one in the UK either. We came across this species at the BCI convention in China and it certainly made an impression. For details on this species visit: Wigerts Bonsai

Carmona microphylla

Carmona microphylla is a common species used for indoor or otherwise tropical bonsai in the UK and is one species many people starting the bonsai hobby have once owned or even still own. It is commonly called the Fukien tea tree.

Bombax ceiba

Bombax ceiba, 木棉 mu mian are trees that reach around 25 m in height. They are tall with buttressed trunks and usually very spiny on young trees. The bark is tray-white and the branches are spreading. The leaves are large and oblong but narrow. The flowers appear in March and April and are solitary, petals usually red, sometimes orange-red. Seeds… Read more »

Bougainvillea glabra

The Bougainvillea bonsai on display at the Bonsai Clubs International Convention exhibition where out of this world and something else. They have a very distinct presence with some amazing branch work creating a very unique style and appearance.

Buxus sinica

Buxus sinica (Chinese Box) makes an impressive bonsai especially on the size and scale of the examples on display at the recent Bonsai Clubs International (BCI) Convention in Guangzhou, China. There were some stunning mature exhibits of the Chinese box and the trunk fluting and ridges presented a very dominant trunk image as well as… Read more »

Xylosma japonicum

The Xylosma japonicum was another first for me at the Bonsai Clubs International (BCI) Convention exhibition. This was a first to see the Xylosma (柞木属 zuo mu shu) up close and also used as a bonsai. According to Wikipedia is tan evergreen flowering shrub from the Salicaceae family. It is commonly known as brushhollies, Xylosmas… Read more »

Baeckea frutescens

Baeckea is a genus of flowering plants in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are about 75 species, of which 70 are endemic to Australia; the others are distributed in New Caledonia and Southeast Asia. This Baeckea frutescens was on display at the Bonsai Clubs International Convention, Guangzhou, China.

Zanthoxylum nitidum

Zanthoxylum nitidum (Shiny-leaf prickly-ash) 花椒属 hua ciao shu, is a species of flowering plant in the Citrus family and is found in South China, Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. It is prickly in foliage and also aromatic and the flowers have yellow-green petals and the fruit are red-brown. For more information visit Flora of China and there… Read more »

Bougainvillea as Bonsai

Bougainvillea glabra An evergreen plant which is a thorny ornamental vine, bush or tree which is originally from South America and can sometimes become deciduous if kept warm over winter or kept too moist. They are very decorative plants with attractive flowers from scarlet to lilac in colour.