So, let's talk about the Ficus '89. It's essentially a variant of the willow leaf ficus, but it's quite rare.
The Ficus '89 is a type of ficus variety that was referred to as a willow leaf ficus "89" by Jim Smith, a pioneer of tropical bonsai in the USA.
During the winter of 1989, a freeze unfortunately caused damage to a group of willow leaf ficus that Jim had planted in the ground. Interestingly, during the following spring, the trees made a comeback, and the new shoots displayed larger leaves, longer internodes, and, as Jim later discovered, they grew at a faster rate.
The Willow Leaf Ficus, scientifically known as Ficus salicifolia, is a popular species of bonsai tree characterized by its slender, elongated leaves resembling those of a willow tree. It is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Moraceae family.
This Willow leaf is a conversation piece. It features a nice mature trunk, and it's the ideal Shohin size. And c'mon, how about that red glazed pot. The nursery guys took a lot of these pots to use and we love what they did with them.
The Willow Leaf Ficus bonsai has small to medium-sized leaves that are thin, elongated, and glossy. The leaves are typically a vibrant shade of green, which adds to the tree's overall appeal. The branches of the bonsai are flexible and can be trained and shaped using various pruning techniques.
The trunk of the Willow Leaf Ficus is usually thick and sturdy, displaying attractive fissures and a smooth texture. Over time, with proper care and training, the trunk can develop interesting aerial roots, giving the tree a more mature and unique appearance.
Bonsai trees, including the Willow Leaf Ficus, are often associated with balance, harmony, and a connection to nature. They are admired for their aesthetic appeal and the meditative practice of caring for them.
Overall, the Willow Leaf Ficus bonsai is a beautiful and popular choice among bonsai enthusiasts. Its elegant, willow-like foliage and the potential for unique trunk and root formations make it a captivating addition to any bonsai collection or as a decorative plant in indoor spaces.
The tree you see is the tree you'll receive. Please ask us questions if you are unsure about caring for this tree.
The Bonsai is 13" tall, measured from the table to the top of tree. The spread is 13".
This tree ships in a 7" Glazed Yixing Ceramic Pot.
Images taken on October 02, 2023
Ships from our Florida Nursery
The Tree(s) you see are the tree(s) you'll receive.
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