Gumbo-limbo (Bursera simaruba) revisited

This is a tree I started as a cutting in 2018 (see for its history, and see for a history of its parent). I haven’t seen a lot of these developed as bonsai. They are hardy, can be easily propagated from cuttings and are very fast growers (all good traits for bonsai) but the branches tend to grow very straight and lose their bendability very quickly as they grow out (not so good). I have found it possible to wire the branches when they are still new and pliable but it requires careful bending and even then they can snap without warning.

July 17, 2021:
The tree today.
June 20, 2021:
The tree before leafing out this June.
June 17, 2021:
A developing tree started as a root cutting from today’s tree on August 23, 2020, last reported in my 2020 blog posting about the tree.
July 17, 2020:
The original parent tree today.


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