“ficus nerifolia, salicifolia, salicaria, ficus whatever…”

Dang botanists, you never know what to call this ficus. I have heard it called a “needle leaf ficus”, too.   I have read that there are different cultivars of this tree but when I see pictures, they all look the same.  For the purposes of this progression and for the site, we will just call it a “willow leaf ficus”.  Everybody can picture that in their head, I hope.  I acquired this group planting in the summer of 2005 from my Dad.  Unfortunately, I do not have access to many of the pictures form the early days under my care, anymore.  It was a nice composition but I did not know much about growing ficus or bonsai in general, I had just started, read a few books, etc.  I wish that I had known more, as the forest would be a lot better for it now.

December 2004, Just Before I Acquired It

I have a few pictures of how it looked while it was in his possession. The earliest picture that I have is from 2001, all the trees are quite small.


A few other pictures through 2004, before it came into my possession.

February 2002

Summer 2002

July 2003, Winter Damage

December 2004

In 2007, our local club, the Azalea City Bonsai Society, held a workshop with Jim VanLandingham as the visiting artist.  Having not had much exposure to bonsai workshops, you can tell by the look on my face that I was a little shocked with what was left.  Looking back on it now (from 2017) I can see that he got me going in the right direction.

Jim Vanlandingham, Before

Jim in Action

More Action, Russel Coker Joins In

The Carnage

I wasn't very good at record keeping and taking photos of the trees, I had a lot going on at the time, building a house (did a lot of the work myself), getting moved in, and a few other life changes.  Here are some random shots that I did manage to find on an old computer.

November 2010

November 2010

November 2010

November 2010

More To Come, I plan to update this page periodically as the group progresses, so check back soon and often. I hope that you found this progression informative, if you have any questions or comments, please use the contact form.