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Post  Guest Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:18 am

Hi IBC.

As Ravi had suggested rare species used in bonsai is different than endangered species used in bonsai and I agree, and to correct the image of my previous thread...this new thread is about rare species used in bonsai. so please do post your unusual trees here too for others to appreciate.

as starter this is my other unusual tree...

I have not ID the Latin name yet...so if somebody is familiar with the specie please do help to ID it.
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Post  Guest Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:46 am

The other variety of callicarpa- beauty berry

just styled this one today...

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Post  Ravi Kiran Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:57 am

Hi Jun,

Thanks for starting an inspiring thread. As you have clarified it is a list of trees which are unusual in Bonsai. I don't think that any of them should be endangered either as a species or in the wild. If they are then we perhaps are placing ourselves in an awkward position. Here are two tree from my collection

The first tree is called Buddleja Saligna or Butterfly Bush is its common name. I have not seen anyone use it as a bonsai. When I landed the material it looked very interesting and hence the adventure. As is apparent from the pic the tree has ages to go before being called a proper bonsai. Right now I am waiting for the individual branches to thicken and once that happens I will work on the branch ramification. The styling is what Robert Steven would call an elevated raft style. It is also unusual and unconventional. The tree below...
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The second is a species called Prosopis spicigera. In India(atleast in South India) it is called BANNI. It has a lot of religious significance and has a prominent mention in the hindu epic Mahabharatha. This tree again is still under training as a Shohin. The branch ramification has still a long way to go. I would not normally share pics of such unfinished trees but since this thread was about unusual species, I am posting these images. The tree
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:43 am

Oxalis fruitescns.l [ Rodney weed ]

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Sida acuta [ 4 hour flower ] - common roadside weed, can be very Chinese Ink painting in quality.

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Ravi is that word - Buddelia saligna ?
Like the Prosopis.

More perhaps later.
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Post  Ian Young Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:35 am

Can't remember the latin name(begins with 'C' I think, but it's commonly known as a Chinese Lantern. Don't have it any more, sold it. I keep looking for a big one to dig out of some ones garden

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Post  Ravi Kiran Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:22 am

Khaimraj,

Didn't know Oxalis qualified as a rare species. Have 3 of them of a different species Oxalis Hedysaroides the red leaved variety under training and currently in such a primitive stage that I haven't even photographed them....

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:00 pm

Ravi,

when last I posted this image on another site, it was met with surprise, most folk thought Oxalis was a weed and not able to form a trunk. Plus, I believe the theme is - rarely in use as a bonsai - however, I would love to see more oxalis as bonsai, if you have the images.
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* I have another oxalis, don't know what type, but it also forms a trunk, but is not very interesting to look at.
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:16 pm

Erythroxylum ovatum cav.

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Interesting plant Ian, got any more ?
We have one down here called Chinese Hats.
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Post  moyogijohn Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:04 pm

Well you guys have posted some more promiceing trees...the butterfly bush can be bought here..the ones here have a flacky bark with spicked flowers in the spring..i don,t know if it is the same but it is called butterfly....take care john

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Post  Ed van der Reek Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:04 pm

Here a rare specie,it is a Purple smokebush Very Happy
This tree is a bushy up-growing shrub with dark purple leafs and yellow flowers,Autumn-color is amazing.
Very rare as bonsai,I have seen two on internet.
Greetings Ed

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Post  Hombre Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:28 pm

I think a very unusual species for bonsai is grape also.

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Post  chappy56 Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:23 pm

This is my "unusual" tree....Caryopteris I think, (bluebeard bush).
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Post  miguelpc Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:05 am

I have one grape from yamadori!
I will post in a near future. Wink silent

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Post  John Quinn Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:40 am

I also had a grape bonsai for a while...it now resides in that great vineyard in the sky. Sad
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Post  kauaibonsai Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:11 am

unsure how rare grape are as bonsai but, sharing one of mine

best wishes, sam

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Post  Arno Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:38 am

How about kiawe (aka mesquite) does this count as unusual? I have a real nice one, guess I should learn how to post pics!

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Post  fiona Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:54 am

Arno wrote: I have a real nice one, guess I should learn how to post pics!

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Arno, it's really easy, and in the case of this thread where people are unlikely to know the species referred to, a picture would be of major assistance.

Just follow the instructions given HERE .
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:56 am

Chappy,

that Caryopteris, has something very special about it. I looked and just felt like I was standing before a Rossetti -

http://www.essentialart.com/acatalog/DGR_The_Beloved.html

Thank you.
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Always liked grapes as bonsai. Won't have one for years, so I will just enjoy everyone elses.
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The purple smoke bush reminds me of the Loropetalum that was recently introduced to us on the island. Please show when in full bloom. Thank you Ed.
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Post  Guest Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:59 am

So rare haven't ID it yet,,,



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Post  chappy56 Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:01 am

[quote="Khaimraj Seepersad"]Chappy,

that Caryopteris, has something very special about it. I looked and just felt like I was standing before a Rossetti -

http://www.essentialart.com/acatalog/DGR_The_Beloved.html

Thank you.

Thank you Khaimraj, I'm not sure how respond to that, but thanks.
It is a special tree to me. I'm still figuring out how to take care of it.
Here's another one that I just started last summer. I love the bark on them, looks old even when they're not.
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Post  Rob Kempinski Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:30 am

Great thread. Some really interesting specimens.
I have a Slash Pine (Pinus elloittii) and Florida Sand Pine (Pinus clausa) as a bonsai. Both fairly uncommon due to funky needle growth but both make great bark. For example I've only heard of one other person that has a sand pine bonsai and a couple of people that had a Slash Pine bonsai. I will try to get some photos this weekend.

Another fairly rare one in Florida is Simpson Stopper. So rare I don't even have one. Crying or Very sad

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Post  bonsaisr Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:53 am

Simpson's Stopper is Myrcianthes fragrans, a native of Florida & PR. Many species in the Myrtaceae are called stoppers, probably due to their use for hedges; & we know from the British that anything good for hedges is fair game for bonsai.
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Post  bonsaisr Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:02 am

moyogijohn wrote:Well you guys have posted some more promising trees...the butterfly bush can be bought here.
The American butterfly bush grown in gardens is a different species, Buddleja davidii. I doubt it would make a good bonsai subject.
Oddly enough, the purple smokebush is an extremely common landscape shrub in the US, and is often tried for bonsai.
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Post  bonsaisr Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:05 am

Arno wrote:How about kiawe (aka mesquite) does this count as unusual? I have a real nice one, guess I should learn how to post pics!

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I wonder which species of mesquite you are using. Mainlanders out West have long attempted to grow mesquite bonsai with little success. Don't know how the Israeli species works.
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Post  Guest Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:06 am

bonsaisr wrote:Simpson's Stopper is Myrcianthes fragrans, a native of Florida & PR. Many species in the Myrtaceae are called stoppers, probably due to their use for hedges; & we know from the British that anything good for hedges is fair game for bonsai.
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