If you are into growing bonsais but tired of the common species, you may opt to grow exotic bonsai trees. These species are rare and may require special care in order to thrive under normal conditions. If you decide to do so, be sure that you are committed and you have the luxury of time to know more about these exotic species.
Here are some of the most beautiful and rare species in the bonsai world:
Buttonwood Bonsai (Conocarpus Erectus) – this rare species of bonsai thrive well in a well-lit and moist environment. This variety must not be placed indoor as it may not survive without sufficient sunlight. Be extra cautious in pruning the roots of this tree as they are brittle and sensitive. Buttonwood may grow its leaves rapidly. Thus, defoliation one to three times a year is suggested.
Powder Puff of Calliandra – this one of the best rare indoor bonsai that is known for being “showy”. If you love flowering bonsai trees, this is perfect for you as it blooms beautiful flowers with long stamens. It has a malleable trunk making it easy to wire and can be shaped easily.
Mexican heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia) – this another rare species of bonsai that is ideal for flower-loving growers. It displays an abundance of small light purple, white to pinkish all throughout the year. Mexican Heather thrives well in partially shaded location on a moist and well-drained soil. Bugs and fleas easily get attracted to this plant and causes unintentional defoliation.
Barbados Cherry (Malpighia Emarginata) – is a rare fruit bearing bonsai that originated in Barbados. During its fruit-bearing season, this fruits produces a cherry-like fruit that turns into the red when it ripens. Barbados Cherry thrive well in areas with sufficient light and water. Known for their rapid growth on the trunk area, intensive pruning and pinching must be done maintain the tree’s shape and form.
Serissa Foetida – also known as a tree of a thousand stars, this bonsai is known for its very small, dark green leaves. Its bark is intricately textured adding to its exquisite beauty. It is an indoor bonsai, thus it is not necessary to expose it to the sun for a long time. As a fast growing species, Serissas need repeated pruning to maintain its shape.
You will never run out of species for a bonsai tree. In fact, almost all variety of trees can be grown as a bonsai. What is important if you to know and meet the demands of the species that you have decided to grow.