Buddhist Pine - A Tropical Bonsai For 2021?
Yesterday, I posted my bonsai dreaming for the year and mentioned that one of the items on my 2021 bonsai mini-list was to try a tropical bonsai like a ficus or umbrella. It was #8 on that list, but I'll start with it here on the blog. For beginner bonsai hobbyists, a couple of other very common tropical to try is Dwarf or Mini Jade and Chinese Elm. Those are interesting, but I think I came across something else that might be more my speed.
I was poking around on some bonsai nurseries sites and came across a tropical called a dwarf podocarpus. Here's the listing (below) on Brussel's Bonsai:
|Source via Brussel's Bonsai product listing.|
The common name for this is Buddhist Pine - Podocarpus macrophyllus - and is talked about in various bonsai places on the Web. This list from Bonsai Outlet talks the benefits of giving this particular cultivar a shot. That includes:
Tolerates temperature variances. Hard to train. Produces cones and fruit. And is hard to kill.
The Buddhist Pine is a tropical (at least for us here in Zone 5b) and Bonsai Empire describes it thusly:
As it is a tropical plant, the podocarpus is not frost-hardy and needs a warm place all year round and therefore it is a popular indoor bonsai.