Myoporum Laetum

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Myoporum Laetum

Post  Jaco Kriek on Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:44 pm

I would like to know whether the plant Myoporum Laetum can be used for bonsai.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:05 pm

Leaves look a bit large to me.

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Re: Myoporum Laetum

Post  David Brunner on Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:00 pm

Hello Jaco,

I’ve not seen Myoporum laetum used for bonsai, but my hunch is that it should work well, at least as far as cultivation in a pot goes. I don’t know how well the leaves will reduce. The plant has moderately weedy characteristics (it has been introduced into coastal areas of California and is spreading) – this usually means that it will take to bonsai culture well. (But please avoid letting it escape cultivation.) I can understand your interest in the tree. Here in California I have often admired the gnarly character of Myoporum trunks, but the leaf size has deterred me to date. If you do try one, please let us know how it works out.

There are other Myoporums from the Pacific Islands and Australia with smaller leaves that may be better suited as bonsai. In particular you might consider Myoporum parvifolium and its several cultivars.

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Post  Jaco Kriek on Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:21 am

Jim and David

Thank you for the reply. I have a plant (in a pot) with nice movement. I will attempt a large tree to accommodate the leaf size. I was wondering how it will take repotting but will just give it a go. It will be a long term project.

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