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Old Buttonwood

Post  hiram on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:17 am

This little beauty was given by one of my best friends, Allen Carver from Jupiter Bonsai. He has had it for over 20 years, but if you know how trees survive in his nursery, then you know why it looks like this. I got it over six months ago, re-potted it, super-thrived it, and immediately gave it three month fertilizer. It has an amazing root ball. I just wired it three weeks ago and cut the leaves 3/4 of the way. Lets see how it turns out. thumbs up


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Re: Old Buttonwood

Post  Phillip Elliott on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:38 am

Allen is good people, is the mass on the bottom right all trunk or is it beside/on a rock? How has that worked out for you in the past cuttin the leaves as opposed to cutting whole leaf and leavin petole? I wish you and Dorothy & Ernie lived next door

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:36 am

Phillip Elliott wrote:..I wish you and Dorothy & Ernie lived next door

Noo.. Laughing

Hiram, that is a lovely tree! I see some buds starting to come out from the curved part of the trunk.

Best,
Dorothy

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Cephalanthus occidentalis?

Post  ho2cultcha on Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:49 pm

hello. i'm new to the forum/club and i own a native plant nursery in oakland, california. i'm curious as to whether this is Cephalanthus occidentalis - which is what we call 'Buttonwood' here? common names are problematic, as i'm sure you know. if it is C. occidentalis, i'm amazed that it can be grown as a bonsai. i find that they dry out so quickly even in 5 gal containers. how do you keep it moist enough to grow like this? it is beautiful, whatever it is. thanks.

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Re: Old Buttonwood

Post  Andrew Legg on Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:23 pm

That's one lovely tree mate! Wow. If you can get the new growth to move and have the character of the old growth, you're gonna have a real little porker there! Fantastic! cheers

Andrew

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Post  hiram on Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:11 pm

This is a Conocarpus erectus, and it grows in the keys. Phillip it's a little bit of both, it's on a rock, awesome aged bark, and it does have large nebari. Thank you Dorothy for your nice comments. I started the leaf cutting late last year. So far they are back budding great. Ed is teaching me how to work with them.

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