Ancient Chinese bonsai art takes root in Cuba

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:
A report from Xinhua. Bonsai clubs have sprouted throughout Cuba, bringing together fans of the ancient Chinese horticultural art form in the cities of Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and in the capital Havana. Havana’s club gathers 24 active members — whose Biennial Salon to showcase their creations just opened at the House of Chinese Arts and Traditions… Continue reading Ancient Chinese bonsai art takes root in Cuba

Gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
The February 16 post on this blog was of another species of Bursera, the “torote” tree, native to Baja California. Today’s posting is for a Floridian species of this genus, with the common name “gumbo limbo”. It is also found throughout the Caribbean and Central America. I first saw gumbo limbos in the wild on a trip to Florida in the… Continue reading Gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba)

Madagascar Baobab (Adansonia madagascariensis)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
Six of the nine species of baobab found worldwide are native to Madagascar. This is one of them, also called a “monkey bread tree” even though there are lemurs but no monkeys in Madagascar. Go figure. I bought the tree online from Bonsai Collectibles located in Lancaster, California in 2013. It arrived on May 23 of that year. November 9, 2019:… Continue reading Madagascar Baobab (Adansonia madagascariensis)

Root-over-rock privet (Ligustrum sp.)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
I’m unsure of the species name of this plant, but my best guess is it is the Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense. Privets belong to the olive family, Oleaceae. I bought its parent from Kuma Bonsai in San Diego on March 16, 2013. The parent plant died in the winter of 2018 but this sprig survived. November 2, 2019: The tree today.… Continue reading Root-over-rock privet (Ligustrum sp.)

African strangler fig II (Ficus natalensis)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
Up until today’s post the entries on this blog have covered several years of development for each tree described. Today’s post will be different, covering one day of additional development for a tree whose prior development history I posted earlier this month (see the September 8 post for this tree). After the September 8 entry I was dissatisfied with the long… Continue reading African strangler fig II (Ficus natalensis)

African strangler fig (Ficus natalensis)

Originally posted on beginBonsai:
The African strangler fig is a fast-growing East African species commonly used for bonsai. In the wild these trees can start growing on other trees, eventually killing the host tree by “strangling” it with ficus roots. The bark is used to make barkcloth. I started this tree from root cuttings in 2014. I bought its parent from Bonsai Collectables in 2013.… Continue reading African strangler fig (Ficus natalensis)