Bonsai is a Asian art form utilizing trees and shrubs grown in trays or containers, and the purpose is to present the trees are smaller environment . If you want to give it a shoot, today’s roundup is for you, these plants are perfect for ..
- Japanese Maple. The Japanese Maple prefers a sunny, airy position but during great midday heat it should be placed in the light shade to prevent damaged leaves. It is frost hardy even when trained as a bonsai, but it should be protected from strong frost.
- Bodhi tree (Ficus Religiosa). Place it in a position that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily (the more the better) and provide protection from freezing temperatures.
- Cotoneaster horizontalis. It can be grown in full sun or part shade, but flowers best in full sun positions. Protection from frost is required if long cold spells are expected.
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Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a great swamp conservation plant. It helps filter sediment so they don’t enter our waterways. Floodwater slows down, causing sediment to settle and not enter the rivers. This majestic tree is one of relatively few species that can even survive such environments.
Cypress trees grow best when soil pH is below neutral. This is rarely a problem in our area. Most swampland soils are well in the acid range which serves these trees well, but extremely acid soils inhibit growth too. Trees grow best at a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.
Trees can attain impressive size. That makes them a great candidate for forestry use. Harvesting can pose problems, but cypress trees can be profitable.
Bald cypress wood is very durable. It is one of the more decay resistant lumbers found anywhere. Because of this bald cypress is often used for fencing…
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Here are a few trees you can see at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where the Alabama Bonsai Society will be holding its annual spring show next weekend, 5/20-21. Come see us if you’re in town, or check out this spot for photos afterward.
Shimpaku juniper, before, after pruning, and after mossing and oiling the pot: