Not something that you see everyday as a bonsai, but if you have a little patience, you can make a really nice tree with them.  The tiny oranges that they make are just the right size to be in scale with a medium size tree.  The fruit peels land segments easily, like a mandrin orange, but it is very sour, more like a lemon.


I got this camellia form the Mobile Botanical Gardens plant sale several years ago and have been slowly working it into a bonsai.  This is a pretty unique variety, "Curly Egao", in that it is a contorted cultivar.  Being contorted, it lends itself well to bonsai as branches already grow with lots of movement in them and they naturally droop, not so much that you could say that it is weeping, but they are not as upright as others.


After the storms finished rolling through the Heart of Dixie today, I managed to squeeze a little tree time in. I decided to work on a Poncirus trifoliata "contorta", aka, the Flying Dragon, that I have been growing for several years. With a name like that, who wouldn't want one? It was grown from seed by my dad from the fruit of a tree that he has. It is interesting in that when growing from seed, about 60% percent of the seedlings are not contorted and the rest are. Working on these is not fun, the thorns are brutal! Wiring is painful and difficult. I mostly use clip and grow and guy wires.


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