Can someone help me identify this bonsai?

yang_yangAugust 28, 2010

hi folks,

this bonsai is wrongly labeled. it looks like a rose family plant to me. can anyone help me identify it?

it is hard to upload pics in the forum. here is the link to the photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25556568@N02/4935100638/

many thanks!

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gardener_guy(6)

Bougainvillea bonsai. That's what it looks like to me but its hard to tell with out the flowers.

Gardener Guy

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 1:39PM
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head_cutter

Unlike most other forums this one is very outdated, it's becoming harder and harder to use.

As far as what it is; leaf placement and bark tell me it isn't a bougy. We do have a tree here that looks like it, makes it a tropical but, could only give you the Vn name. They don't use botanical names but 'story' or descriptive names only. If my notes are right it's called 'son tranh' but don't have what that translates to in E.

Bob

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 7:02PM
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yang_yang

thanks guys. i still think it might be a rose family plant, because it does not have the thorns of bougy; plus the trunk is smooth, unlike bougy...

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 12:15AM
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larke

Roses have thorns (unless they're the deliberately grown 'thornless' hothouse ones sold to florists) last time I looked, but while the leaves of this tree looks 'rose-y', rose leaves are thinner and the edges have tiny teeth.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 5:36AM
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larke

I think the tree could even be privet - they can get very quickly.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 5:38AM
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larke

They can get 'fat' very quickly.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 2:36PM
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simsedward

I agree with Larke, it looks exactly like my Chinese Privet.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 7:29PM
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yang_yang

Thanks again folks! I am more inclined to believe it is a Malus, maybe a crabapple. It is common to have crabapple bonsais. Besides, among this batch of bonsais that we recently bought, there was another one which looked just like it and which was labeled as "apple".

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 12:50AM
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goodstav(z9Brazil)

I think it is Eugenia uniflora (Brazilian Cherry, or Surinam Cherry)... from the opposed leaf structure, reddish new growth, bark color and slightly pointy leafs.
These are native to where I live.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 5:31PM
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larke

It is not any kind of apple, the leaves are all wrong (not thin enough or toothed).

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 10:13PM
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larke

It is not any kind of apple, the leaves are all wrong (not thin enough and shaped wrong).

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 10:14PM
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yang_yang

larke:
thanks for pointing out that. i think you may be right - malus leaves should have serrated margins.

goodstav:
we do have a big mature surinam cherry here and the bonsai in question does resemble it. also, according to the information on this link http://fichas.infojardin.com/bonsai/eugenia-uniflora-manzana-de-agua-bonsai.htm, Eugenia uniflora can be trained as a bonsai and it has a common name in spanish as "manzana de agua", which might help explain why it was wrongly labeled as "apple". the origin of our bonsai is china, though...

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 5:07AM
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goodstav(z9Brazil)

yep the spanish name might have created all the confusion. I do also create bonsai from surinam cherry... and so might do the chinese too :) when you pick a leaf and smash it in your fingers, can you feel a nice fruity scent? well, that's exactly the taste of surinam cherry. if so, protect it from frosts.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 1:23PM
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