Buttonwood Bonsai #403
Buttonwood Bonsai Tree
The Buttonwood Bonsai is a small tree with gray/brown fissured bark and has light green leathery leaves with wavy margins.
The tree is sub-tropical, and grows in damp, rocky locations. It is gnarly in appearance, with driftwood-like characteristics.
History Of The Buttonwood Bonsai
The Kisuu Mokuzai Han Seiki or Conocarpus erectus are other names for the Buttonwood Bonsai that is believed to have first begun life in the Caribbean Basin. Through tidal waves, hurricanes and exposure to salt water fury, the Buttonwood not only survived the wicked conditions of the tropic but was plucked up and tossed into the Keys of Florida.
Picture a gnarly piece of deadwood that looks as though it would make a great fire starter and you have the making of a Buttonwood Bonsai. Natives used to carve buttons out of the almost petrified wood, thus, the Buttonwood Bonsai. 5,000 years later, Florida is blessed with their own special type of Bonsai, readily available to be taken home and cared for.
- Grow the tree in sunny sites. When grown indoors, it needs plentiful light, good air circulation and warmth. It cannot tolerate cold conditions, and will wilt if exposed to temperatures that dip below 500 Fahrenheit.
- Water the tree regularly to mimic the conditions of its damp natural environment.
- Fertilize the tree regularly with a bonsai fertilizer.
- Clip and prune the tree on a regular basis to keep the leaves small. Prune roots to contain the size of the tree.
- When re-potting is necessary, do so in late-spring or early in the summer. Easily-drained, gravelly soil is optimal for the tree, but good-quality organic soil may be used.
- Keep the dead wood clean by regular brushing. This discourages wood rot.