Operculicarya pachypus is a deciduous shrub endemic to Madagascar. Its native range is estimated to be within a 400 square km region. I bought this plant online from the Great Petaluma Desert Nursery on May 14, 2012. It arrived May 17.
September 5, 2020: The tree today.
May 17, 2012: The tree bare-rooted upon arrival.
May 22, 2012: The tree in its new pot after purchase.
June 23, 2012: Instant bonsai!
July 11, 2013: Branches pruned.
January 10, 2014: The tree appears to be crawlng across its pot.
February 15, 2015: The leaves turn purple in winter before falling off.
May 30, 2015: The tree in spring before getting new leaves.
May 30, 2015: Interesting roots.
May 30, 2015: The tree in a new pot.
May 14, 2015: New spring growth.
April 23, 2017: The pruned tree with a lawn of Irish moss.
January 21, 2019: The tree in its winter colors.
February 16, 2019: Branch-pruned.
September 5, 2020: The tree earlier today before branch-pruning. I wired the trunk down for about the past year to bring the apex back over the root base.
September 5, 2020: The tree before pruning from the other side.
September 5, 2020: The tree after branch-pruning.