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Limoncillo (Limeberry) Triphasia trifolia Care Sheet

Limeberry, Limoncillo Triphasia trifolia Origin: Java, Indonesia, Suriname, and Puerto Rico Description: A member of the rutacae (citrus) family.  Grows as a shrub to a height of 9 feet.  It has trifoliate dark green leaves, and small white fragrant flowers.  It has small thorns, and half inch round red fruit.  The fruit is edible and [...]

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Jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora Care Sheet

Origin: Jaboticaba’s are perhaps the most popular native fruit-bearers of Brazil. They have been cultivated since pre-Columbian times throughout Brazil not only for their fruit but also as ornamental trees. They were introduced to the United States in the early 1900’s. Description: The bark of the Jaboticaba is very smooth, with a mottled creamy tan [...]

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Father and Son Style Bonsai

Wigerts Mango Grove & Nursery * Erik Wigert Double trunk style - Sokan from a Twin tree - Soju *Father / Son planting Overview: Double trunk style is composed of two trunks sharing the same root system. The double trunk style is commonly found in nature and may occur naturally from a side sprout or [...]

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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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