Bonsai Training Information

Cedrus brevifolia
Cyprus cedar

Cedrus brevifolia is a rare species with slow growth, but eventually develops into a medium sized tree, attaining a height at maturity of 8 to 24 m. The Cyprian cedar is distinguished from C. libani only by the habitual form, shorter leaves 0.5 to 1.6 cm in length. Dark green needles and cones, which are held upright above the foliage, add to the impressive appearance. Young specimens retain a pyramidal shape but as the tree gets olderthe crown gets broader and umbrella shaped.


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Group planting, Saikei




Full sun all year round. While they are hardy plants as Bonsai they denifit from being protected from freezing winds in winter.


Water well during growing season. Being faily drought resistant it prefers to be allowd to dry out between waterings. It does not tolerate being water logged.


Feed early spring and late summer during it high growth periods. Use a slow relase balanced fertiliser.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Structural pruning can be undertaken late autum. When you can cut back hard into unwanted branches.Cut branches just above a whorl. Druing spring and late summer pinch out new growth to encourage thickening of pads and foliage.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Report every 3 to 5 years in spring. Can tolerate acidic or alkaline soils. Prefers a well drained acidic growing medium. Use 1 part peat moss or sphagnum moss, 1 part loam and 1 sharp sand. Alternatively use 1 part Akadama and 1 part Pumice.


Wire sparingly and do not leave on for too long. Wiring can be under taken anytime of the year.


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