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Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:54 am

Since 1998, I have been making bonsai with Australian Natives. I have posted some of my works on the old forum as well as my own blog. I have also posted two of my smaller manuka bonsai here. I will now post more of my Australian Native bonsai on this thread. As there are about 20,000 varieties of Australian Natives, what I have done is only scratching the surface. Nevertheless I hope thru my works to promote Australian Natives as bonsai materials. To start of, here is a Kunzea Ambigua. It is one of about a dozen I bought at A$1 each from a local nursery back in 2001. It is my first experience with this specie. I started training it in Dec 2001. Please fell free to ask as well as comment.
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Post  Guest on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:59 am

Hi Newsealandteatree

Yuo have a lovely little tree....at first, I thought the flowers vere snow Smile
Good luck with the future styling.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  sunip on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:36 am

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Hello Newzealandteatree.
Lovely species and really the ten years worth.
The upper right line of a branch keeps bothering me a bit.
To me it looks like a tree you continuous have to pinch back, but still you manege to get it flowering.
Keep scratching The territory for new species please.
regards, Sunip Wink

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Post  my nellie on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:15 am

Lovely little trees, CJ!
Those eathereal flowers are much similar to the flowers of caper's or myrtus', aren't they?
Bravo for starting this thread!
Now I am beginning to make plans for starting (...in the furthermost future unfortunately) a similar with native-greek species Very Happy

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Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:24 pm

Yvonne, thanks. Yes this is still a work in progress.
Sunip, thanks. Yes, I certainly enjoy developing this bonsai. As I told Yvonne, this is still a work in progress. Your a sharp. That branch is actually to be developed into the proper fifth branch. The current space is actually covered up by the growth from a back branch. Besides this, I will have to go into the detailed branch and twig structures to bring this bonsai up to the next level. Of course the foliage have to be arranged like those of pine. From a distance, the foliage of this specie resemble those of a five needle pine. This specie has very unique foliage. Will get a close-up shot to post it here. I will post more of my Australian natives on this thread over time.
Alexandra, thanks. Most of the Australian natives under the myrtus family have quiet similar type of flowers. Happy to learn that I have inspired u to start working on your own native plants and help to broaden the scope of bonsai beyond traditional favourites. Good luck and have fun.

Cheers and Regards.

CJ
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Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:12 pm

Here is a close-up of the leaves.

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CJ
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A Banksia Bonsai

Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:22 am

Over 10 years ago, I bought 3 Banksia seedlings from a Banksia Farm to bonsai. This is the only successful one. I have been told that it is a Banksia Integrifolia, commonly known as coastal banksia.

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Post  sunip on Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:55 am

Hi Newzealandtree
Looks good
Regards, Sunip Wink

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Post  newzealandteatree on Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:05 pm

Sunip, thanks. This is how the tree looked like in 2002.

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Melaleuca Rhaphiophylla - BCI Best Bonsai @ AABC Perth 2011 Convention

Post  newzealandteatree on Fri May 27, 2011 4:33 am


This is a Swamp paperbark / Melaleuca Rhaphyiophylla I dug in 2001 from a development site before the bulldozer moved in.The major part of the trunk movements were already there. My works involved the growing and shaping of the branches and the apex. It won the BCI best bonsai @ the recent highly successful AABC Perth 2011 Convention. I immediately offered the tree to the organisers for auction to raise funds. I was told before the convention that we might end up losing money on the convention. We managed to raise A$1,900 which went to the Convention fund. The way I look at my small gesture is like this - I took the tree from nature and I am returning it to society to enrich the community.
Enjoy and Cheers.

CJ
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Post  -Brent- on Fri May 27, 2011 6:02 am

A lovely tree CJ and a very noble gesture.

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Post  sunip on Fri May 27, 2011 11:57 am

Hi Newzealandteatree,
You dug this in 2011??
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Post  newzealandteatree on Fri May 27, 2011 12:42 pm

Sori Sunip, it should be 2001. Thanks for pointing out the mistake.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:18 am

This tree as it appeared in the Exhibition.


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Post  Peter Woosley on Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:46 am

CJ, you have the nicest collection of Australian natives i have seen so far.
There is a lot of talk of promoting them for bonsai use here, but not many showing any of any quality.
Well done CJ.
Regards
Peter.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:55 pm

Thanks Peter. I am only touching the surface of the potential of Australian natives. Read there are 20,000 of them.

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Post  peterh on Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:20 am

Hello CJ,

Have you done any eucalyptus Bonsai?

Peter

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Post  Peter Woosley on Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:55 am

newzealandteatree wrote: Read there are 20,000 of them.

Regards,

CJ

What do you have your sights on CJ? I have one native that i am playing around with, other then some qld small leaf figs. Always been more into the exotics but willing to try more natives if they have suitable characteristics and respond well to root pruning and general training for bonsai. Love to see more of your trees if you have time.
All the best,
Peter.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:25 pm

peterh wrote:Hello CJ,

Have you done any eucalyptus Bonsai?

Peter

Peter, I have about 3 eucalyptus. Have not really concentrated on them due to time constrain. Will leave this to others to explore.

Cheers and regards,

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Post  newzealandteatree on Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:44 pm

Peter Woosley wrote:
newzealandteatree wrote: Read there are 20,000 of them.

Regards,

CJ

What do you have your sights on CJ? I have one native that i am playing around with, other then some qld small leaf figs. Always been more into the exotics but willing to try more natives if they have suitable characteristics and respond well to root pruning and general training for bonsai. Love to see more of your trees if you have time.
All the best,
Peter.

Peter, I hope to see more Aussie take up bonsai. I also hope to see them exploring more of our natives. From my short experiences with only a few of them, I know they have great potential. We can seen what great bonsai the Indonesians have created with She-oak. Now the Taiwanese are taking a very keen interest in our bottlebrush and lillypilly. They are amazed to see purple fruits. The size of the fruits and leave are just right for bonsai. It will be a shame if these two natives ended up being more associated with the Taiwanese like the She-oak is with Indonesia. This is speaking from the Aussie perspective. Of course from the perspective of the worldwide bonsai movement it is also great if others can help push the bounderies of bonsai. The she-oak, bottlebrush, lillypilly, tick bush and swamp paperbark are as hardy as any of the traditional favourites. They are fast grower like ficus, so the time taken to develop a bonsai is shorter but it also means more regular maintenances than pine or juniper.
I will continue to post more of my natives if time permits. I am reviving my pottery interests. The new kiln is waiting to be fired up.

Cheers and regards,

CJ

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A blooming NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:57 pm

The NZ Tea Tree is my favourite bonsai material. It is my specialty. This Leptospermun Scoparium Civic Pride is in full bloom and to me that is the tree way of telling the carer that they want to be shown. So today I took some photos of it in the day and in the evening brought it BSWA monthly gathering. This bonsai was developed from an ordinary nursery stock about 11 years ago. Hope u enjoy it.
Cheers, CJ.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:59 pm

Very Pretty CJ.

You going to ASPAC?

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Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:19 am

Thanks Rob. C u in Takamatsu.

Cheers, CJ

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Post  Peter Woosley on Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:49 am

Very nice CJ.
Do you mind if i post my Leptospermum here? I would appreciate your advice on it.
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Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:18 am

Peter Woosley wrote:Very nice CJ.
Do you mind if i post my Leptospermum here? I would appreciate your advice on it.
Regards
Peter.

Thanks Peter. Sure, pls post your natives here. I welcome all to join me in posting their natives here. Together we learn and expand the boundaries of bonsai.

Cheers n regards, CJ

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