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Cascade Style Bonsai – Kengai

A Cascade bonsai is one in which the trunk begins growing upwards but abruptly turns downward and cascades to a point below the bottom of the container. Bonsai created in the cascade style should resemble trees growing on steep slopes in mountainous areas, ravines, or drainage areas. There are two types of cascade bonsai: Formal [...]

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Haematoxylum Campechianum

*The generic name Haematoxylum (often spelled Haematoxylon) means bloodwood, referring to the dark red heartwood. The specific epithet campechianum refers to the coastal city of Campeche on the Yucatan Peninsula, an important source of the valuable heartwood. *Common Names: Bloodwood Tree, Campeche, Campechier, Campechy Wood, Logwood, Logwood Casha, Palo Campeche, Palo De Tinta, Palo Negro, [...]

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Australian Pine

Casuarina equisetifolia, Casuarina glauca (syn. Casuarina lepidophloia): Common names: ironwood, beefwood, she oak, and horsetail tree. General information: Long-favored for use in erosion control along beaches, Australian-Pine Tree is now outlawed in many parts of Florida due to its invasive nature, rapid growth rate, and non-native status. This exotic species is not a pine but [...]

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Forestiera segregate, Florida Privet

Native Material for Tropical Bonsai Privets are all members of the olive family. These plants have opposite leaves, and grow as shrubs or small trees. There are over 500 species included in the Olive family, with about twenty species found in Florida. The privets that are more well known in the landscape belong to the [...]

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Ficus pumila – Creeping Fig Info Sheet

Erik Wigert 2/15/09 Description This evergreen vine is a relative of the edible fig, Ficus cariaca. Creeping fig is very rapid climber able to cover vertical surfaces 3 and 4 stories tall with the aid of a powerful adhesive. This plant has developed a specialized structure, an adhesive pad that secretes a sticky substance that [...]

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Bougainvillea – Journey to 1st National US Bonsai Exhibition

The Journey of my Purple Bougainvillea to the 1st National Exhibition Written For Bonsai Focus Magazine Erik Wigert 3-16-09 View photo gallery from this event My fascination with Bougainvillea I’m sure started early in my journey as a bonsai artist. Living in Southwest Florida where many of these colorful plants dot the landscape with splashes [...]

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Bougainvillea Development

BSF Magazine Summer 09 By: Erik Wigert I decided to approach this article with the intent to share some tips I use to collect and develop bougainvillea stock into finished bonsai. As such, I will open this article with the assumption that all of us as Florida bonsai enthusiasts have seen, and know what a [...]

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Gmelina Philippensis

Family: Verbenaceae Parrot's Beak, Hedgehog, Wild Sage Origin: Indigenous to India and to Southeast Asia (including the Philipines) General info: Gmelina, pronounced with a silent G, is a sprawling thorny shrub growing up to 10 to 15 feet. Leaves vary from a oval to ivy or ‘duckfoot’ shape. It produces yellow flowers from a long, [...]

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Wrightia Religiosa, Water Jasmine

Water Jasmine is a very popular species for Tropical Bonsai. Native to Southeast Asia it grows as a shrub with 2 inch leaves. As a bonsai these leaves reduce well and its twiggy growth habit makes for excellent bonsai material. They prefer full to partial sun and well draining soil. Wrightia is cold sensitive and [...]

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