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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 1 week ago #37355

Hi, I bought this bonsai in local shop, but I want to know what type it is.
Can you help me, please?
Thanks.:)

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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 1 week ago #37357

uzumaki7 wrote: Hi, I bought this bonsai in local shop, but I want to know what type it is.


You must ask what species it is BEFORE you buy it, so you know its requirements.

Looks like a xanthophyllum piperitum.
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 1 week ago #37359

Thanks so much, i will ask next time ;)
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 1 week ago #37360

Going to be a bit pedantic here..

.. the type would be a pre-bonsai, or even young start material. I would not refer to it as a bonsai because there are a lot of requirements before a plant earns that label.

.. you were after the species. I second Auks guess: xanthophyllum piperitum. The common name is chinese pepper tree..
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 1 week ago #37365

leatherback wrote: the type would be a pre-bonsai, or even young start material. I would not refer to it as a bonsai because there are a lot of requirements before a plant earns that label.


And this plant does not meet any of these requirements. It lacks everything that makes a tree a bonsai. That's not pedantic, it is just telling the truth.

If you want to see real bonsai, look in the 'Noelanders' thread.
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 2 days ago #37500

If I’m not mistaken, it’s a operculicarya decaryi.
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 2 days ago #37501

DG wrote: If I’m not mistaken, it’s a operculicarya decaryi.


I've often wondered why, when I look up Zanthoxylum piperitum, it does not look at all like the bonsai that are sold as Zanthoxylum piperitum.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanthoxylum_piperitum
You may be right. And I got the spelling wrong too :)
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What type of bonsai is this? 9 months 2 days ago #37507

Auk wrote:

DG wrote: If I’m not mistaken, it’s a operculicarya decaryi.


I've often wondered why, when I look up Zanthoxylum piperitum, it does not look at all like the bonsai that are sold as Zanthoxylum piperitum.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanthoxylum_piperitum
You may be right. And I got the spelling wrong too :)


I doubt it very much. I am growing operculicarya . They are really rare and hard to get.. Also, as a tropical dry-region succulent they are *very* deciduous and drought resistent. Something we know from the chinese pepper tree to not be the case. And of course, all websites about bonsai wil lhave to have mis-identified this plant.
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