Please help identify my new bonsai tree

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Please help identify my new bonsai tree

Post  BossJim on Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:05 pm

I think that I have a katsuma bonsai tree, but not sure of it. After my research, this is what I have come close to. Thank you because I am not sure how to care for it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Jim



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Re: Please help identify my new bonsai tree

Post  David Brunner on Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:54 pm

Hello Jim - Your tree is Polyscias scutellaria, commonly called Shield Aralia.  It is typically grown as a house plant, but occasionally as bonsai.  It is a tropical so unless you live in one of the frost free areas of Texas you will need to keep it indoors in winter.  The leaves are rather large and do not typically reduce in size under bonsai treatment, so a larger tree might seem more realistic.  They are typically very easy to grow but they will get leggy over time and will require a hard pruning.  They will bud back after such.  Do not expect much ramification as these are really forest understory shrubs.

I hope this is helpful!
David B.

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Thank you, David B.

Post  BossJim on Thu May 04, 2017 2:22 pm

I appreciate your response. I live in Houston and it is somewhat frost free but sometimes like last year, we get a hard freeze unannounced and it completely wipes out the tropical plants. I plan on keeping this as an office plant but wanted to be sure that I knew what it was so that I could properly take care of it.

Have a great day!

Jim

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