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Bayberry wax myrtle

Post  moyogijohn on Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:56 pm

Anyone used this shrub for a bonsai?? if so let me know how it works.. pictures please Thanks in advance John

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Re: Bayberry wax myrtle

Post  JimLewis on Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:11 pm

I had one down in Florida, but left it there. Very brittle wood. Leaves a bit large for the size bonsai I prefer.

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Bayberry wax myrtle

Post  moyogijohn on Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:48 am

Thank you Jim,, I found one at a nursery today good trunk on this one leaves are a bit large but the trunk made me try it... thank you much john in w. va.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:01 pm

Bayberry and wax myrtle are two different species. There is no indication I can find that either of them have been successful as bonsai. Try a crape myrtle or true Mediterranean myrtle instead.
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Re: Bayberry wax myrtle

Post  JimLewis on Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:43 pm

bonsaisr wrote:Bayberry and wax myrtle are two different species. There is no indication I can find that either of them have been successful as bonsai. Try a crape myrtle or true Mediterranean myrtle instead.
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They're both genus Myrica. Common names are, er "flexible" enough that it's well within the range of possibilities that some nursery somewhere calls one of them "bayberry wax myrtle."

And they can make nice clump style bonsai.

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Re: Bayberry wax myrtle

Post  Jay Wilson on Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:39 pm

I've been playing with a wax myrtle for a few years. In my area, the trees in the wild are short lived-after about 15 years they start dying. The clumps then regenerate from suckers from the roots.
This one I have was starting to look like it might make a bonsai. Has a nice trunk and nebari and I was working on ramification. Then, the limbs started to die back. Most of one side has gone and I don't think I'll put much more effort into it in the future.

Good luck with yours.


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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:24 pm

Thank you for your response and the picture.. the one I picked up looks like the one Jay posted by the leaves...Thanks again John... snowing again!!! wnen will it END.....

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