Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

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Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  Jocky_mo on Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:04 pm

Hi everyone. I just bought a little bonsai without a name. I asked the in the shop what type of tree it is, but they didn't know, so I'm asking for your help if anyone can identify this tree. I bought it because I think it is a Chinese elm or a Boxwood, but I couldn't identify it from pictures. I'm newbie in the Bonsai world. Here are the pictures







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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  chris on Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:10 pm

Hi Jocky,
Looks like Ilex Crenata, Japanese Holly, solid trees and fully hardy
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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  Jocky_mo on Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:26 pm

Thank you very much for answering so fast Chris.
I hope one day I can help others like the most of you do in this lovely club.
Thank you again.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:33 am

Did you buy this fron a green house? I looks alot like FUKIEN TEA (Carmona microphylla) to me.

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  Jocky_mo on Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:37 am

Seth Ellwood wrote:Did you buy this fron a green house? I looks alot like FUKIEN TEA (Carmona microphylla) to me.

No, I bought it from a florist. Yes it is close to the Fukien tea, but if you take a closer look at the leaves you see that the fukien tea's leaves are more roundish than mine and have little white spots, also after Chris wrote that it could be japanese holly, I searched for it and also found that the bark of the J.Holly is sometimes greenish just like mine.
Here is a closer look of a Fukien tea(Carmona Microphylla) Anyways thanks for answering.


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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  bumblebee on Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:04 pm

Looks like a Fukien Tea to me too.

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  JimLewis on Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:44 pm

The soil it is planted in looks awful. It's probably too late to do much about it now, but keep an eye on it and water it very carefully.

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Post  Jocky_mo on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:06 pm

JimLewis wrote:The soil it is planted in looks awful. It's probably too late to do much about it now, but keep an eye on it and water it very carefully.

So when would be the right time to repot it, and Mr Jim, can you tell me exactly if it is a Fukien tea or a Japanese Holly?
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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  JimLewis on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:13 pm

I'd vote for the holly if that is he only two choices I'm given. If it is the holly, you will have to wait until spring to repot. All hollies I've worked with have disliked having roots fiddled with at any other time.

If it is something else, considering that you're not quite an accomplished bonsiest yet, I'd still vote for spring -- though I think Fukien Tea can be repotted in the cooler summer months (hearsay, since I've never worked on one).

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  Jocky_mo on Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:40 pm

JimLewis wrote:I'd vote for the holly if that is he only two choices I'm given. If it is the holly, you will have to wait until spring to repot. All hollies I've worked with have disliked having roots fiddled with at any other time.

If it is something else, considering that you're not quite an accomplished bonsiest yet, I'd still vote for spring -- though I think Fukien Tea can be repotted in the cooler summer months (hearsay, since I've never worked on one).

Thank you very much. It feels to me that I learned a tiny-little bit about bonsais(from reading a lot) Wink , because I did also consider that if I didn't know precisely what type of three is, than I would wait until spring to repot it, but now that I heard a Master saying this, I'll do that. I'll keep my fingers crossed until next year. Thank you.

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  bumblebee on Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:41 am

JimLewis wrote:I'd vote for the holly if that is he only two choices I'm given. If it is the holly, you will have to wait until spring to repot. All hollies I've worked with have disliked having roots fiddled with at any other time.

If it is something else, considering that you're not quite an accomplished bonsiest yet, I'd still vote for spring -- though I think Fukien Tea can be repotted in the cooler summer months (hearsay, since I've never
worked on one).


I've never lived through one of those!

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  peterson on Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:08 pm

Oh I tried to put a picture in, evidently it didn't work. It's about 8 inches tall, including about 3 inches of large turnip looking roots that stick up out of the soil. It has thin brances with large almost oval leaves. Anything else?

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Can anyone identify my new bought tree

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:53 pm

This is entirely different from the previous tree. From your description it is probably Chinese banyan, Ficus microcarpa. One of your fellow countrymen just wrote a whole book on growing Ficus bonsai in Australia.
Iris

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  tatave2000 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:22 pm

It's not a holy, not a ficus. It's a Carmona.
Be carefull, this tree is very delicate, mine is dead this spring because it was to hot and the air was to dry. About the repoting, it depends on your usda zone, if it lives outdoor.

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Re: Can anyone identify my new bought bonsai?

Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:58 pm

Iris, the poster is from Saint George City, Transilvania, Zone 6. Not Australia. The second plant posted was to illustrate the difference between I crenata and Carmona Microphylla. Wink

Peterson, please start a new topic for your question, as any answers here will just confuse the issue. This is always good netiquette. I'll delete your post here (and mine) once you have done that.

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New bought bonsai

Post  moyogijohn on Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:23 pm

Hello, i have a fukin tea and the leaves do not look the same..have you seen any starting of flowers?? fukin tea has white flowers.. if it is a ficus it will bleed white sap if you pinch a leaf off. how tall is your tree what is that lump at the back of the trunk base?? I think it is a holly of some kind.. my opion only. John

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