14 May 2014

Burtt Davy's Fig



Dwarf South African Fig 
(Ficus Burtt-davyi "nana")
African species used for bonsai.
South African Fig, Scrambler Fig, and Veldt Fig



Ficus burtt-davyi "nana"




small green "figs"

South African Fig, Scrambler Fig, Veldt Fig
Burtt Davy's Fig


This is a small leafed variety of ficus that makes great bonsai. The leaves can reduce to 5mm or less with strong light. They have an abundance of branches for styling and may be used for very small bonsai.. Defoliate for ramification.





This ficus produces small green "figs" that turn dark red. Seeds will not be produced outside of its natural range because it needs a pollinator wasp for fertilization. Treat them like any other ficus. Keep the tree uniformly moist during the growing season. Burtt Davy's Fig is a rambler growing on rocky cliffs and is tolerant of drought conditions, so do not let the soil stay constantly wet especially in cool weather.  





Dwarf South African Fig
(Ficus Burtt-davyi "nana")






Ficus burtt-davyi make excellent shohin or mame bonsai and adapts easily to a cascade style. Aerial roots form quite easily on the ficus burtt-davyi so they make great root-over-rock or banyan style bonsai. Repotting is done when the tree is actively growing, Here we start doing major work with these trees the end of May.

Big trunks can be created by fusing several smaller trees together.


African species used for bonsai



Burtt Davy's Fig




            




  

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