My original African strangler fig (Ficus natalensis)

Similarly to the Tiger bark ficus described in the January 2019 post of this blog (see, planting cuttings from this strangler fig have provided a number of new trees for me. One of these was the F. natalensis described at and at

The parent tree arrived from Bonsai Collectibles in May of 2013.

March 17, 2020:
The tree today. Later this spring I will repot the tree and wire the trunks tightly together to try to get them to better fuse into a single trunk.
May 24, 2013:
The tree upon arrival.
October 9, 2013:
The tree at the end of its first summer of growth after purchase.
May 10, 2014:
First bare-rooting and repotting.
May 10,2014:
Lots of room for growth in its new pot.
March 10, 2015:
The tree beginning its second spring.
March 22, 2015:
Second repotting.
March 22, 2015:
I chopped the trunk into several parallel sections held together with tape and added rooting hormone to the chopped trunk bases.
October 25, 2015:
Tape replaced with raffia.
April 23, 2016:
Another spring repot.
April 23, 2016:
Aerial roots.
January 28, 2017:
Replaced the raffia.
May 13, 2017:
Annual root work and repotting.
May 13, 2017:
Nebari beginning to form from surface and aerial roots.
May 13, 2017:
The tree in new soil.
May 20, 2017:
Wiring the long branches. Eventually I may remove all of these but for now I am hoping they will thicken the trunks and encourage fusion.
June 22, 2017:
Wire removed after two months.
September 17, 2017:
Surface roots.
December 23, 2017:
The tree after nearly four years of development. Still a long way to go.
March 11, 2018
April 21, 2018:
Bare-rooted for spring repotting.
April 21, 2018:
March 17, 2020
Another view of the tree today.

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