Posts categorised: Species

Ficus microcarpa (Ginseng Fig or Banyan Fig)

Recently I have been caring for a Ficus microcarpa as it was starting to show decline and leaf problems so I agreed to aid with the recovery if I could as I am used to looking after tropical bonsai trees having a few myself for the past 6 years.

Ginkgotastic!

If you are a fan of Ginkgo trees (Maidenhair trees) you should watch this video, even though it is in chinese, it is amazing to watch how they work the species and develop it. Thanks Ming for the link. Ginkgo Bonsai technology

Akebia quinata as bonsai

Akebia quinata is commonly called the Chocolate vine and is a climbing plant that is semi evergreen and a very vigorous grower. It has green leaves or leaflets in clusters with tendrils and develops chocolate purple flowers in the spring.

Yew trees as bonsai

The genus of Taxus contains eight species of Yew tree and the two most commonly used for bonsai are Taxus baccata (English Yew) and Taxus cuspidata (Japanese Yew).

English Elm ‘Ulmus procera’

Here is a short photo history of a Bonsai English Elm tree that started out as a root sucker from a mature Elm tree that was cut down in the winter of 1968. The tree was felled not because of any disease at that time but for a new housing development. The resulting felling caused… Read more »

Prunus Mume (Japanese Apricot)

Prunus mume (Japanese apricot) is often over looked, not just as a bonsai but as a plant or tree in the UK. This is one of my favourite times of year. The annual winter show has been and gone and everyone is busy repotting for the upcoming season. This is a frantic time of activity… Read more »

Tropical bonsai trees (Indoor bonsai)

Within the UK, most bonsai enthusiasts keep outdoor bonsai trees and by this I mean they keep species of trees as bonsai that are acclimatised to the weather conditions of the UK. Native species of trees are frequently used as well as more hardy non native trees that make excellent bonsai specimens.

Can you smell your Katsura tree?

One of the most remarkable aspects of this tree, the Katsura is around now for all to smell, it is the wonderful onset of autumn colour and smell which sets the taste buds alight. The leaves as they go into senescence (autumn colour) emit a fabulous scent which is described as that of

Baobab tree as bonsai

I have recently come across yet another fascinating book by Thomas Pakenham on the most remarkable Baobab tree and for all those who have an interest in trees, this is one very special tree. It is a living monument,