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1 Dance of the Butterflies

Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai

Kojo-no-mai is a small shrub/trees it has crocked baranches and delicate white flowers with pink centers that hang downwards like laterns/butterflies hanging from the bottom of branchies. The fruits are black in color


2 Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

The lovely fast growing Metasequoia glyptostroboides is a deciduous conifer with brown red coloured bark and a rich-green, feathery leaves which turn bronze-gold in autumn. Thought to have been extinct it was discovered in China in 1941 in Western China. This species has been on earth for many millions of years.


3 Desert Rose

Adenium obesum

Adenium obesum originates from East Africa but is found widely cultivated in tropical regions as a garden and house plant because of it lovely variously coloured star shaped flowers. All parts of the Adeniums are toxic with its Sap and Roots being used as a poison in hunting in Africa. The Adeniums are trouble free easy to care for plants it need to be maintained at temperatures above 10C, have a dryish soil and a well light location. Its physical characteristics of bulbous trunk, gnarled roots, stemy branches make it a unique and attractive bonsai.


4 Douglas Fir tree

Pseudotsuga menziesii

The Douglas Fir is a Native of North America, growing along the length of the Rocky Mountain. In the UK it is grown as a timber tree in regions that are non-calcarious and moist. The trees can grow up to 60 meters tall with 120 cm trunks with the timber being brown red in colour. It was discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1792 but was only introduced to the UK in 1827 by David Douglas.


5 Downy Birch

Betula pubescens

The Downy Birch is often planted as a garden or park tree it is a slender deciduous tree with brown white bark and trunk that can grow upto 1 meter wide in mature trees. Leaves are double-toothed serrated margins almost triangular leaves. A native to Norther Parts including Northern Europe and aslo Ireland and Britain. The tree will grow to between 15m and 20m tall. It has excellent cold tolerance and will grow comfortably in our colder parts too. Not as commonly grown as it cousin the Silver Birch, though the two are often confused for each other.


6 Dwarf Banana

Musa acuminata Dwarf

Musa acuminata, is a species of wild banana native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the progenitors of modern edible bananas along with Musa balbisiana. The Dwarf Varieties grown between 1.5'-6' and are ideal for Bonsai. It has a tight leafy stem, thick leaves which are tolerant of low light and are able to take quite low temperatures, which is what make it and ideal Indoor Bonsai.


7 Dwarf Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa Nana

A slow-growing conifer with distinctive tiny fans of golden foliage on a somewhat irregular-shaped bush. Its ideal for a small garden or rockery or patio where it can be grown on in pots for many years. They make ideal small to medium sized bonsai.


8 Dwarf Jade

Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra, Jade Tree or Money Tree is relatively new to bonsai in the West. In the Orient where it is considered to be an auspicious tree, it has been growing for eons. Portulacaria are ideal plants for beginners as they are very hardy to drought and seem to tolerate over watering. The species can be grown in just about any style of Bonsai and is full of year round character with its fleshy almost round leafs, and multicoloured stems which are green when young, red-brown as it matures to a graggy slate grey. Recently, there has been much research into this plant being a significant Carbon fixer, and with a capibility of holding 4-5 times as much carbon.


9 Dwarf Pomegranate

Punica granatum Nana

The dwarf pomegranate is a shrub about 1meter tall with multiple stems. The slender branches start out upright then droop gracefully. Unpruned shrubs have a decidedly weeping or fountain shaped habit. The pomegranate is native to Asia, from the Middle East to the Himalayas, where it grows in sandy or rocky scrublands. It is cultivated for its fruit which is much cherished through Asia and the Mediteranian


10 Dwarf Rododendron

Rhododendron fastigiatum

A small leaf (lepidote) evergreen rhododendron, it grows slowly reaching 30 cm in ten years. It native lands in the Yunan Mountains of China, it can ocassionally grow to a meter. It speceis name fastigiatium means upright branches, but its chinese name "mi zhi du juan" which translates to "densely branched rhododendron" is more apt.


11 Dwarf Spruce

Picea glauca Albertina

A Popular Tree in American Gardens the Dwarf Alberta spruce trees may eventually reach 12' in height, but only over a long period of time as it just grows between 2"-4" per year. They have a classic "Christmas tree" shape. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look. They make lovely Bonsai.


12 Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Schefflera arboricola

An evergreen shrub growing between 3 and 4 m tall, with weak trailing stems and palmately compound leaves. It is as popular a house plant as it is a Bonsai. In the UK it is not as common as a Bonsai which is a shame really as it is really quite robust in our indoor living conditions tolerating low light and to some extent even dry draughty conditions.


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