Life's Little Amusements - Bonsai Plant Care Information

1 - Welcome to Life's Little Amusements Plant Care & Information Blog

Life's Little Amusements is a Home & Garden Store specializing in Bonsai Trees, Bonsai Accessories, Outdoor Patio & Garden Decor items and Indoor Gardening Accessories.  We are a Customer Service oriented company.  Our Goal is to provide no hassle excellence; in both the products and the customer service provided to our customersThe purpose of this Blog is to provide our customers with both general information on Bonsai Plant Care as...
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2 - Care Of your Outdoor Bonsai Tree

How To Take Proper Care Of your Outdoor Bonsai Tree What Should You Do For Outdoor Bonsai? Spring - If you have dormant potted outdoor bonsai in storage, keep it there until the weather is consistently warm. Temperatures in early spring can fluctuate a lot; during the day strong winds can be drying, at night even a light frost can be damaging or deadly to your bonsai. It is critical...
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3 - Care Of your Indoor Bonsai Tree

How To Take Proper Care Of your Indoor Bonsai Tree   What Should You Do For Indoor Bonsai? In the case of Indoor Bonsai, the best preparation for spring is to have provided your Bonsai with the proper conditions over the winter.  During winter it was important to cut back on the amount and frequency of watering.  It was also important to have provided your tree/s as much sunlight and...
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4 - Over Wintering Outdoor Bonsai

Winter Care is not complex but very important It is Fall, approaching Winter; your Outdoor Bonsai has begun preparing itself for it’s dormancy period.  Deciduous trees have begin the process of color turning and shedding leaves.  Evergreens are undergoing more subtle physiological changes which allow them to survive the cold, dry conditions of winter, while retaining most of their needles.  Keep in mind small trees, including Bonsai, tend to loose leaves...
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Azaleas Indoor - Information & Care Instructions Includes: Tropical Duc De Rohan, Red Vivid & Other Indoor Azaleas

Tropicals Duc De Rohan, Purple Formosa & Other Indoor Azaleas     Bonsai Azaleas - Indoor Bonsai Azaleas are created from flowering trees/shrubs comprising two of the eight sub-genera of the genus Rhododendron.  Azaleas differ from rhododendrons in being generally smaller and having one blossom per stem rather than blossom clusters.Azaleas are native to several continents including Asia, Europe and North America. They are planted abundantly as ornamental s in...
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BABY JADE (Portulacaria afra) - Information & Care Instructions

BABY JADE (Portulacaria afra)    BABY JADE (Portulacaria afra)The Baby Jade or Portulacaria afra, also known as Dwarf Jade Plant, Elephant's Food, and Elephant Bush, is a small-leaved succulent found in South Africa. It is a soft-wooded, semi-evergreen upright shrub or small tree. Similar in appearance to the Jade Plant (Crassula Argentea), but has smaller and rounder pads and more compact growth. It is much hardier, faster growing, more loosely...
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BRUSH CHERRY - Information & Care Instructions

  FLOWERING (eugenia ‘myrtifolia’) Brush Cherries have a hearty nature which makes them ideally suited for bonsai.  Native Australia; Flowering Brush Cherry is also known as Syzygium Paniculatum & Australian Brush Cherry. This is an indoor bonsai in most of the USA.  The tree has small handsome evergreen leaves which are firm and glossy. New leaves appear reddish in color, turning green as they mature.  If it receives enough light,...
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Bougainvillea (Pink Pixie) - Information & Care

  Bougainvillea (Pink Pixie) - Information & Care General Information: Native to tropical and subtropical America's, from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina.  First described by Philibert Commerçon, a French botanist accompanying French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville, during his voyage of circumnavigation.  It was De Bougainville (1729-1811) whose name was given to this genus. Popularly known as the "Paper Flower" for it's very...
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CHINESE ELM ulmus parvifolia - Information & Care Instructions

CHINESE ELM - ulmus ‘parvifolia’ Chinese Elms, also know as Lace Bark Elm, are strong, adaptable, and make a great tree for those just starting out in bonsai. The Chinese Elm is native to East Asia; China, India, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, and Vietnam. In its natural form, Chinese Elm can grow up to 60 feetCare for ulmus parvifolia dwarf cultivars; 'Seiju' Catlin & Hokkaido, as relevant to bonsai, are...
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CHINESE FRINGE (Loropetalum Chinense) Information & Care Instructions

FLOWERING CHINESE FRINGE - (Loropetalum Chinense)   Loropetalum Chinense is commonly known as the Chinese fringe flower. Native to the tropical areas of Asia, this unique evergreen has small burgundy colored leaves that turn green as they mature.Chinese Fringe is a popular ornamental plant, grown for its prolific clusters of flowers and deeply colored foliage.  Known for its prolific clusters of flowers and deeply colored foliage, which may contain various...
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CRABAPPLE (Malus Sargentii) - Information & Care Instructions

   CRABAPPLE (Malus Sargentii) Flowering Crabapple (Malus sargentii), sometimes called Sargent crabapple or Sargent's apple, is a species of crabapple in the genus Malus. The plant is native to Japan.  Named Malus Sargentii after the man who introduced it from Japan in 1892, C.S. Sargent.The in nature, the mature Sargent Crabapple grows to be 6' to 10' feet in height and has a spread of about 6' to 12'. Today...
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CROWN OF THORNS (euphorbia milii) - Information & Care Instructions

CROWN OF THORNS (euphorbia milii)   This Crown of Thorns is a spiny, succulent bonsai that flowers nearly all year. The common name alludes to the legend that the crown worn by Christ, at the time of his crucifixion, was made from stems of euphorbi milii.The botanical name comes from Euphorbus, the Greek physician of King Juba II (about 50 BC to 19 AD).  King Juba II was the first...
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Cedrus Deodara 'Snow Sprite' Information & Care Instructions

Cedrus Deodara also known as Himalayan Cedar Cultivar: 'Snow Sprite'  Cedrus Deodara or Himalayan Cedar. Translated as "wood of the gods"; Cedrus Deodara is native to the western Himalayas.  The Snow Sprite cultivar is a graceful dwarf conifer, noted for silvery green needles with cream-hued tips.  This evergreen conifer has showy new growth, tinged ivory white, which turns a creamy-yellow with age, usually by mid summer.An outdoor Bonsai, Snow Sprite...
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Chinese Perfume (aglaia orodata) - Information & Care Instructions

Chinese Perfume (aglaia orodata)   The Perfume tree is a rare species; a member of the mahogany family.  This aromatic tree is native to China, sometimes called Mock Lemon or Chinese Rice Flower.The Perfume Tree has a light lemon scent, with very small yellow blooms that can be enjoyed several times a year. Many parts of Aglaia odorata tree, such as roots, leaves, flowers and branches, are used in traditional medicine. ...
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Citrus - Blood Orange ('Citrus Sinensis’) - Information & Care Instructions

BLOOD ORANGE ('Citrus Sinensis’)       Blood oranges, which are very widely grown in Spain and Italy, are characterized by the crimson or dark red blood-colored flesh. Blood oranges are a natural variety of Citrus Sinensis, categorized by the anthocyanin pigmentation, not typically found in citrus but common in other red fruits and flowers, which give the pulp a streaked red color. The fruit ranges from small to medium sized; its...
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Citrus - Orange Citrus Bonsai ("Calamondin" Orange) Information & Care Instructions

Orange Citrus Bonsai Tree ("Calamondin" Orange)     Our decorative citrus tree has shiny evergreen leaves and marvelously fragrant white flowers. Miniature fruit (which grows only to the size of a golf ball) and flowers appear over the course of a year, often at the same time. Calamondin orange trees that are grown indoors will need to be hand-pollinated to bear fruit.  It is easy to do; I will describe...
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Citrus - Persian Lime Bonsai Tree (citrus latifolia) - Information & Care Instructions

Flowering Persian Lime Bonsai Tree (citrus latifolia)     Persian Lime; also known as Tahiti Lime or Bears Lime is a citrus fruit related to the standard lime. It has a uniquely fragrant, spicy aroma. The fruit is about 6 cm in diameter, often with slightly nipped ends; usually sold while green, it yellows as it reaches full ripeness.  It is widely available dried, as it is often used this way...
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Citrus - Tangerine Bonsai Tree Seedless (Kishu Mandarin) - Information & Care Instructions

Flowering Tangerine Citrus Bonsai Tree - Seedless (Kishu Mandarin)     Historically named Tangerine from Tangier, Morocco, the port from which the first tangerines were shipped to Europe. The Tangerine is an orange or red colored citrus fruit, a type of mandarin orange. They are smaller than most oranges and the skin peels off more easily. Tangerines are slightly hard, heavy for their size and pebbly-skinned. Our edible tangerine has...
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DAWN REDWOOD (Metasequoia Glyptosroboides) - Plant & Care Information

DAWN REDWOOD (Metasequoia Glyptosroboides)  Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the Dawn Redwood, is a fast-growing, critically endangered deciduous conifer tree, sole living species of the genus Metasequoia, and one of three species of conifers known as redwoods. It is native to Manchuria China. Local villagers refer to the original tree from which most others derive as Shui-sa, or "water fir," which is part of a local shrine. The Dawn Redwood is a true...
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DWARF APPLE (clusia rosea ‘nana’) - Information & Care Instructions

Tropical Dwarf Apple or Pitch Apple (clusia rosea ‘nana’)      The Dwarf Apple bonsai tree, also known as the Pitch Apple, is native to the cliffs of Ecuador but is now grown as an ornamental tree in many tropical regions of the world. This is a very hardy tree with button-like, cream colored, fragrant flowers which bloom in the late spring.  Also referred to as the “Autograph Tree” due...
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DWARF KOREAN LILAC (Syringe Palabiniana) - Information & Care Instructions

    The Korean lilac (Syringe Palabiniana) makes a graceful, fragrant and beautiful bonsai. Highly Fragrant, a profuse spring bloomer; Korean Lilac produces elongated clusters of very fragrant lavender-pink flowers, which fade to white. Flowers stand out against the leaves which range from dark to light shades of green. The stems of the Korean Lilac tend to be very neat. A deciduous tree, the Lilac’s leaves fall in autumn, leaving...
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Ficus - Ginseng Ficus (Ficus Retusa) - Information & Care Instructions

GINSENG FICUS (Ficus Retusa)     Ficus Retusa is Native to Malaysia, Taiwan and other Southeast and East Asian countries. Ginseng Ficus is an excellent choice for bonsai tree growers. Also known as the Banyan Fig, Indian Laurel Fig, or as Taiwan Ficus; Ginseng Ficus will have two or more, heavy thick, exposed, aerial roots that appear to look more like tree trunks than a typical root.The thick, pot-bellied trunk appears similar...
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HAWAIIAN UMBRELLA BONSAI TREE - Information & Care

HAWAIIAN UMBRELLA TREE - arboricola “schefflera”      In General: The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree bonsai tree is beautiful in appearance and is very easy to care for. The Hawaiian Umbrella, or Schefflera arboricola, is a flowering plant in the family Araliaceae. As it is an evergreen, it has dark green leaves year round that fan out into an umbrella form.The Hawaiian Umbrella tree has many characteristics that make it an...
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HINOKI CYPRESS - Information & Care Information

HINOKI CYPRESS (Camecyparis Obtusa ‘Compacta’) Also: Camecyparis Obtusa 'nana' & Camecyparis Obtusa 'nana lutea' The Hinoki Cypress Evergreen is a species of cypress native to central Japan.  Also called; Japanese cypress  or Hinoki.  It can now be found elsewhere in temperate climates, including western Europe and parts of North America were it was imported.   A large number of cultivars have been developed & become popular ornamental tree in parks and...
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Hawaiian - Keeping a Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai compact - Question

Nancy: Quick question. The Umbrella Bonsai has sprouted some new, light green, rather delicate new growth. Should I remove this growth if my intention is to keep the plant compact? Also, is it safe to remove other branches and/or leaves to "shape" the tree if desired? Thanks Pruning: Yes you can remove new growth to maintain the compact shape. HOWEVER keep in mind you need to leave about 1/3 of...
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Heavenly Bamboo - (Nandina domestica 'Compacta') - Information & Care Instructions

HEAVENLY BAMBOO (Nandina Domestica “Compacta”)   Nandina domestica is commonly known as Nandina or Heavenly Bamboo.  In Japanese it is called Nanten or Sacred Bamboo.  Heavenly Bamboo is a suckering shrub in the Barberry family. Native to eastern Asia from the Himalaya east to Japan, this tough evergreen has fine lacy foliage which turns bronze and red in winter. In spring the young leaves turn a brightly colored pink to...
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Information & Care Instructions - Tropical Dwarf Apple / "Autograph Tree"

  DWARF APPLE (clusia rosea ‘nana’) Native to tropical America's Tropical Dwarf Apple , also known as Pitch Apple and "Autograph Tree", is widely grown as an ornamental tree in tropical regions of the world. Dwarf Pitch Apple is a very hardy tree; a compact evergreen, with fragrant, attractive pink & white, late spring flowers. When pollinated theses flowers can produce a light green, poisonous fruit; once the fruit has...
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JUNIPER (juniper procumbens “nana") - Information & Care Instructions

JUNIPER (juniper procumbens “nana")       JUNIPER (juniper procumbens “nana") A dwarf Juniper is the most popular evergreen in the United States.Juniperus Procumbens, a low-growing juniper native to southern Japan; it is often the tree we think of when we think of Bonsai.  These Junipers are very hardy, long-lived and tolerate many adverse conditions.  Their graceful canopy and impressive bark are other reasons most everyone has at least one...
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JUNIPER (shimpaku chinensis or shimpaku itoigawa) - Information & Care Instructions

JUNIPER (shimpaku chinensis or shimpaku itoigawa)      Shimpaku Chinensis, known as the Chinese Juniper, while the Shimpaku Itoigawa is from Japan; both are from the same family of Juniper and make an excellent choice for bonsai. The Shimpaku is very hardy, long-lived, and tolerates many adverse conditions. The longer prostrate branches tend to intertwine. The leaves are arranged in decussate whorls of three; all the leaves are juvenile form and...
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Jaboticaba Flowering / Fruiting Indoor Bonsai (eugenia cauliflora)

Jaboticaba Flowering / Fruiting Indoor Bonsai (eugenia cauliflora   Jaboticaba is a subtropical species native to southern Brazil, which can tolerate mild, brief frost conditions but is an indoor bonsai in most of the USA. In southern Florida, Jaboticabas in garden setting, have survived brief periods of 26º F without damage. Shelter is recommended for bonsai during such drops in temperature. Jaboticaba is also tolerant of mild drought but does...
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Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) Information & Care Instructions

Jacaranda Flowering Indoor Bonsai (Jacaranda mimosifolia)  Also know as Blue Jacaranda, Black Poui, Green Ebony, Brazilian Rose Wood, or as the Fern Tree; this sub tropical tree is native to South America. Today it can be found all around the world due to its beautiful long lasting Blue-purple flowers.Its bark is pale grey- brown in color and straight-grained. Compared to other species, the bark is rather thin. The wood is...
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Jasmine - ARABIAN JASMINE (jasminum sambac) - Information & Care

ARABIAN JASMINE(jasminum sambac) Jasminum sambac is a species of jasmine native to South and Southeast Asia. It is widely cultivated for its attractive and sweetly fragrant flowers. The flowers are also used for perfumes and for making tea. Known as Arabian jasmine in English; it is the national flower of the Philippines, where it is known as sampaguita. It is also one of the three national flowers of Indonesia, where...
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Jasmine - WHITE JASMINE (Trachelospermum jasminoides) - Information & Care

WHITE JASMINE (Trachelospermum jasminoides) Trachelospermum jasminoides: is a species of flowering plant, in the milkweed family of Apocynaceae; native from eastern / southeastern Asia into Japan, Korea, southern China, and Vietnam. Common names include: Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, and Trader's Compass.Left to itself, Trachelospermum jasminoides is an evergreen woody vine. Ours have been trained into a bonsai tree form.The shiny dark leaves are opposite, oval to lanceolate, with an entire...
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LAVENDER STAR FLOWER - Information & Care Instructions

LAVENDER STAR FLOWER (Grewia Occidentalis) Small scrambling, evergreen tree native to Africa and Australia with 400 species worldwide. Lavender Star Flower has awesome purple/mauve, 1" wide star-shaped flowers, which are borne along the stem, at the end of spring and then, occasionally throughout the rest of the year. On occasion, the Lavender Star may produce four-lobed berries (from where it gets its common names "Crossberry" and "Four-corner"). These shiny reddish-purple...
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LIGUSTRUM - ligustrum ‘lucidum’ - Information & Care Instructions

FLOWERING LIGUSTRUM (ligustrum ‘lucidum’)     The Ligustrum is also referred to as a Glossy Privet or Chinese Privet since, in its natural form, this evergreen shrub can grow up to 30 feet in height and is used extensively as a great landscape plant. Native to China and Eastern Asia.  Admired for its shiny dark green leaves; attractive White flowers of late spring & early summer; dark glossy blue/black berries, which...
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MIMOSA (leucaena glauca) - Plant & Care Information

MIMOSA (leucaena glauca) This Mimosa is native to southern Mexico and northern Central America (Belize and Guatemala) but now naturalized throughout the tropics. Sun loving and drought tolerant; it folds its leaves under water stress, preventing water loss and under severe conditions it will defoliate until the rains return. Mimosa can bloom throughout the year. The flowers are white with a white base, looking like white pom poms & are...
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Mt. Fuji Serissa - Raised Roots - Information & Care Instructions

MOUNT FUJI SERISSA (serissa‘foetida’)   The Mount Fuji Serissa is a species of small, evergreen shrubs native to Southeast Asia. Serissa is also known as Snowrose or Tree of a Thousand Stars. The tiny evergreen leaves, gnarled trunk and frequent blooming make it a favorite among bonsai hobbyists, especially in Japan. Serissa is native to open sub-tropical woodlands and wet meadows in Southeast Asia; the Mount Fuji variety originating in...
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Mugo Pine Bonsai Tree - Information & Care Instructions
(pinus mugo 'valley cushion')

Pinus mugo; commonly called dwarf mountain pine or Swiss mountain pine. Mugo Pine is a dwarf evergreen with dense growth habit and is among the most popular for the Dwarf Conifers. Native to the High Alps, Apennines, Pyrenees Balkans and Tatras of Europe; in the wild, they extend into the sub-alpine & alpine zones. However, they will grow in most mildly acidic soil as long as it is well drained...
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POMEGRANATE (punica granatum “nana") - Information & Care Instructions

POMEGRANATE (punica granatum “nana")     The Pomegranate is one of the most loved species of cultivated bonsai. Pomegranate is native to Persia; historically there are many references to the Pomegranate found in ancient mythology and history, notably the Homeric Hymns and the Book of Exodus. It was valued by many cultures and widely cultivated. The name Punica is from the Phoenicians who were active in broadening its cultivation, partly...
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POWDER PUFF (Calliandra Schultzei) - Information & Care Instructions

POWDER PUFF (Calliandra Schultzei)       The Flowering Dwarf Pink Powder Puff is an evergreen tropical tree that is native to Asia and Ecuador. The Powder Puff is named after the whimsical exuberantly colored pink and white flowers which appear from mid spring to mid - late fall. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Other interesting features include flower buds which resemble raspberries’ and leaves which close...
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Serissa - Snow Rose & Tree of a Thousand Stars - Information & Care Instructions

Snow Rose Serissa (serissa‘foetida’) Tree of a Thousand Stars (serissa 'japonica')      Serissa is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae; Genus Serissa; Species Japonica;  Synonym: Serissa‘Foetida’ A Tropical / Sub-tropical plant; Serissa's native range is the open sub-tropical woodlands and wet meadows in southeast Asia, from India, and China to Japan.  In most the USA, it should be considered an Indoor Bonsai. As an Outdoor Bonsai...
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Sweet Plum (sageretia theezans) - Information & Care

Sweet Plum (sageretia theezans) The Flowering Sweet Plum is a tree from the family Rhamnacae. Native to Southern China; its common names are Bird Plum, Sweet-Plum or Chinese sweet plum. Sweet Plum is semi-evergreen and the flowers are small and inconspicuous; the fruit is a small and edible. Young growth is reddish in color before it matures. The bark quickly becomes scaly and is a dark-brown in color. In Summer...
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WILLOW LEAF FICUS - Information & Care Instructions

WILLOW LEAF FICUS - (Ficus Nerifolia)    General Information: Ficus Neriifolia is a species of fig, native to Asia including; Bhutan, Burma, China, India, and Nepal.  Commonly called the Willow Leaf Ficus, it is a very forgiving plant, making it ideal material for the beginning bonsai artist. Willow Leaf Ficus has long narrow light green leaves, similar to a weeping willow tree. Due to it's forgiving nature this plant thrives...
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WISTERIA (wisteria floribunda) - Information & Care Instructions

WISTERIA (wisteria floribunda) The Wisteria Floribunda was brought from Japan to the United States in 1860. Since then, it has become one of the most highly romanticized, flowering garden plants and an ideal plant for bonsai. This is the same delightful wisteria that we've all admired on a pergola or arbor, Ours have been trained into a classic tree form.  Deciduous, this tree leafs out in shiny, bright green foliage. ...
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