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Post  moyogijohn on Sun May 03, 2015 1:08 am

I have this question,, does this shrub make a good bonsai ?? If so can someone tell me about them,, a picture would be great !! thank you very much for your time... John

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Post  David Brunner on Sun May 03, 2015 2:14 am

Hi John - Yes, Raphiolepis indica a.k.a. Indian Hawthorn makes an excellent bonsai subject.  There was a somewhat recent thread on it here at IBC:  http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t11227-indian-hawthorn-raphiolepis-indica and if I recall correctly there were others previously.  A quick web search will turn up other links, there are some truly outstanding specimens as bonsai.  It may or may not be hardy in your area depending on your location in West Virginia - it should withstand temperatures to about 0F but below that is uncertain and those tolerances are for plants in the ground - bonsai are subject to much greater extremes.  It can be rather course and the leaves do not reduce well, so large sizes are best.  This is the best I can do for you based upon my knowledge.  I did cultivate several for many years when I lived in San Francisco, they were easy and enjoyable, especially in flower.  But that climate has little in common with yours, so my guidance should stop here.

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Post  moyogijohn on Sun May 03, 2015 2:39 am

Thankyou verymuch David,,, I Will will looksome more for pics of it.. maybe someone has one i hope... thanks john

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Re: Indian hawthorn

Post  Van on Mon May 04, 2015 5:30 pm

Hi John,

Contradict to their name, they don't have any thorn.  Leaves turn from dark green to yellow to bright red in autum and tend not to drop for couple of months until dry out.  profusely bloom for about three weeks in spring with bright green leaves follow.  Flowers come in clumps that has white petals and pinkish in the middle, I heard there is a different variety that has pink flowers but i haven't seen it here in florida.  It's a slow growing bush with multiple trunks come off the root base.  I saw some old ones around the parks used as hedges, non of the trunks has diameter exceed 2".  If collect, put them in moist acidic soil, but not wet; the roots will rot if soil hold too much water.  Put in shade area for at least 3 months before move to light shaded area.  If the root base well establish, it can live ok under bright sun but generally doing much better under diffuse light.  Leaves are easy to be damaged by rain or hails and have small dark spots as result, bear little fruits that turn red and birds love them when ripen.

Here are some pictures of my tree just taken, blooming is over about a month ago and already results with some little fruits.  It was collected in a pile of trash just like most of my other trees about 1 and 1/2 year ago.  I use slow realease fertilizer Osmocot and Miracle grow for fruits and flowers.  Feed once every 2 to 3 months and water everyday here in florida.







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Post  moyogijohn on Mon May 04, 2015 10:27 pm

Thank you Van,, Ibought the bush,,not as big a trunk as yours... trimed it up and potted it yesterday.. I am worred about the zone thing,,it may be too cold here so it may have to be inside.. you are right about leaves,,some of mine do not look so good!! I will give it a shot I LIKE the little flowers on the tag.. thank you john

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Post  Van on Tue May 05, 2015 12:15 am

moyogijohn wrote:I   am worred about  the  zone  thing,,it may be too cold here so it may have to be inside..  

It's a deciduous tree, so may be a bit more hardy than tropical species. The leaves are sensitive to temperature change, turn colors when temp reach below 65F. Seem to stay dormant when temp persistently stay below 60F. My guest is it can withstand the cold but not freezing temperature.

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Post  moyogijohn on Wed May 06, 2015 12:32 am

Thanks again Van ,, I do have a shed I keep my outside trees in with lights.. it does get much colder than that here so the tree may not be that good for me.. we will see how it goes anyway.. thanks again for your information.. John

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