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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:27 am

as a group , kauai bonyu kai has embraced the idea that klu (acacia farnensiana) has the potential to make nice bonsai. while we are certain that klu bonsai exist in Hawaii, none of us has personally seen a bonsai created from this material in the islands. This introduced and now naturalized shrubby tree has many attractive attributes. the foliage is airy and delicate, the wood very hard, the flowers are brilliant yellow puff balls morphing into pea pod like fruit. Natural deadwood is common. In many areas, klu has become a pest- growing so thickly, it dominates the landscape. To say that nice Klu grow abundantly on Kauai is an understatement. The best specimens for bonsai grow in shallow rocky soil, in areas constantly buffeted by strong wind. In this situation klu grow low to the ground and often have nice trunk and branch movement. Sharing a few pictures of a dig this past weekend. Everyone took home nice trees-from shohin size on up.

best wishes, sam

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lacy foliage is klu
hard to concentrate with this all around you.
Lance checking one out
Linda scored a nice klu and a really nice shohin casuarina
Abe scored a bunch of nice klu including this one

couple of mine. collected a few months ago, repotted/restyled today. #1. originally planted and styled as a semi-cascade. Before


After. Restyled as future moyogi shohin. Replanted in ceramic shell. Base. 8 inches left to right. Height 10 inches to be reduced to 7 inches .

Klu #2. Before. Base 8 inches left to right. Height 17 inches. After. Back becomes front. Tree rewired[/url[url=https://servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=1243&u=15061647]

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workin the klu

Post  Ka Pabling on Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:38 am

Hi Sam

Very nice trunk movement,kiu is definitely a good materisl for bonsai just like the acacia farnensiana,,please post closeup pics of the barks.

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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:25 am

hi ka pabling:

some closer pictures of recent acacia farnensiana aka, klu, aroma, etc.

best wishes, sam

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Post  Ka Pabling on Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:03 am


wOW! these are jewels Sam, they are not so big but they show good bonsai characters! I wish we will be as lucky when we go hunting next month.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:42 am

Nice. Great trunk potential.
I'm klu-less when it comes to Klu. Smile I did try collecting a Sweet Acacia (Acacia farnesiana) a few years bad from a farm in Florida but it never worked for me and slowly withered. It budded back but only near the base. It was a pain to collect too as I had to go get two new saws while cutting it out. Very hard wood. Do you keep yours in full sun?

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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:07 pm

thanks ka pabling. unfortunately farnensiana does not grow to tree size here. mostly they are shrub size-many with nice character. klu are abundant on kauai. easy to find and easy to get.

hi rob. keep trying. they are easy to grow. treat like any other collected material. shade first then full sun. once growing strongly, I keep mine in partial sun. foliage gets thick, dark green, and significantly smaller. will post examples today. branches are easy to wire and bend-even larger branches. quite supple. I usually will bag the nicer ones to help with recovery. die back is not unusual. allow new growth to develop, pick a new line, jin what died and design a new tree. some of my best klu evolved this way.

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Post  kauaibonsai on Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:53 am

some pictures for rob. works in progress- acacia farnensiana, known in Hawaii as klu

best wishes, sam

kabudachi on nautural lava slab. long way to go yet, but heading in the right direction

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semi cascade on coral slab. work in progress



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