Identification: bonsai tree?

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by moonlitpath, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. moonlitpath

    moonlitpath Active Member

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    I bought this little tree from the food store for about $8. It didn't have a name on the tag that it came with. Does anyone know what kind it is just from looking at the leaves? I have a couple of pics of it. From the base of the plant, to the tip of the highest leaf is about 10".


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    *michelina*
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hard to tell with the pics being a bit out of focus (why do digital cameras always focus on the most distant object?!? mine is just as bad!), but it is some sort of Ficus, perhaps Ficus benjamina.
     
  3. moonlitpath

    moonlitpath Active Member

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    I know! I tried really hard to get a good picture of it, but it just didn't happen. Even after I uploaded the pictures and saw that they were fussy, I tried taking the pictures again and they came out even worse. :(

    Well, thank you SO much for replying and helping me out!! :) I looked up Ficus benjamina and it looks very similar to what I have. Just the trucnks look a little different. I'm just hoping it's not one of those HUGE ficus trees. I'd rather have a small bonsai version. lol

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  4. george nesfield

    george nesfield Member Maple Society

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    Hi,
    I'll also go with ficus.
    George.
     
  5. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It looks like someone has already tried to Bonsai it. Maybe keep going with it as a Bonsai. I also think a type of Fiscus. Not good on the tech names.

    Liz
     
  6. globalist1789

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    It's a Ginseng Ficus. The big, fat, exposed roots are the give away. They are often sold as bonsai at big box stores and super markets. Not really that popular for the seasoned bonsai grower (they are really more of a novelty plant), but they have encouraged more then a few people to take up bonsai.
     

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