African strangler fig (Ficus natalensis)


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.

September 8, 2019:
The tree today, defoliated.

May 10, 2014:
The tree five years ago as a pile of root cuttings left over from a repot of another tree.

August 14, 2014:
Its first growing season.

Jan 24, 2015:
The tree at the start of its second season.

April 11, 2015:
First wiring.

August 1, 2015:
Becoming a little tree in a pot.

December 5, 2015:
The tree at the end of its second growing season.

December 6, 2015:

January 16, 2016:
On the bonsai benches.

March 12…

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