Author Topic: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei  (Read 8690 times)

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:54 AM »
Hi All.

Well this is my first post (hopefully first of many)

I inherited this beautiful Black Monkey Thorn Bonsai - Cascade - 1979 after my father-in-law passed away.  I had been looking after it for 2 years before he passed due to his illness.

This is a very popular tree species to work with here in South Africa and this became the 4th Black monkey thorn of my collection (2 single bonsai and one forest).  Now my question is this.  Does anyone have experience working with this type of tree and any further information on styling etc would be greatly appreciated.
 

bwaynef

  • Administrator
  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1785
  • Thanked: 33 times
  • USDA Zone: 8a
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 01:50 PM »
What is it's latin/scientific name?
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 11:19 PM »
Hi

The scientific name is Acacia Burkei
 

Sorce

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 789
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 04:27 AM »
Welcome Dorian.

This forum is adding a South African a day!  They should have some info.

I really like this tree. Nice to see a cascade.

Sorce
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 10:22 PM »
Thanks Sorce
Looking forward to being able to increase my bonsai knowledge.
 

Herman

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 399
  • hardiness zone 9a, AHS heat zone 8
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2014, 02:47 AM »
hello Dorian,

was your father in law a member at eastern bonsai kai? cause then I know that tree! I helped him wire it once at a workshop when my club went to visit EBS. The thorns was tearing at his hands, but he knew exactly what he wanted to do, so I jumped in and wired the tree. this is to say if I've got the right tree and person :)

Anyhow...Sure I can give you pointers! It would be helpful to know what you know already, sounds like you have some experience. Also, where in Jhb are you, I live 3km on,  on the other side of the n14 going out on william nicol road past the hartebeespoort turn off, nice little place called gerardsville small holdings

got to tell you the tree looks nice and healthy!

sorry for the loss of your father in law, sounds like you guys were close

kind regards
Herman
 

Herman

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 399
  • hardiness zone 9a, AHS heat zone 8
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2014, 02:50 AM »
I reread the thread and realised that this was not that tree, unless you are the elderly gentlemen I helped ?

 ;D
 

Sorce

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 789
  • Thanked: 1 times
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2014, 02:52 AM »
Hey Herman.

Theres that other S.A.!

It is still spring there aint it?

Sorce
 

Herman

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 399
  • hardiness zone 9a, AHS heat zone 8
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2014, 04:46 AM »
moving on to summer, but still spring yes :)

howzit sorce buddy

kind regards
Herman
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2014, 09:56 PM »
Hi Herman. I do not think my father in law was part of any club but thanks for looking.

Yes the tree is very healthy and growing well. My knowledge is definitely not newbie but I am always wanting to learn more to try and get the best out of what I have.

I live in Northriding Jhb not to far from the Dome. I know exactly the area you are talking about. Is it on the Copper Leaf golf course side of the road? Hoping you are where I am thinking you are????

My father in law left me a few very nice bonsai so I will be posting about them to get more info on how to take them to the next level.
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2015, 12:56 AM »
A quick update on the Cascade Acacia Burkei

It has been a very strange start to the season as I found that the winter was very mild and the temps were never into the - degrees celcius which we normally have.

It started to warm up very nicely in August already which started some of my bonsai very early.  I have a total of 4 BMT bonsai and they all shot buds at different times.

The cascade has only just started to really come to life (more then a month after my BMT forest).

I am just waiting for the leaves to harden off slightly and then I will start with the trimming and grooming.
 

Leo in NE Illinois

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 303
  • Thanked: 9 times
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2015, 11:05 AM »
love a rough bark on this one. Coming along nicely
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2015, 02:49 AM »
Thanks Leo.

Will Post some better images today.  I did a good trim and tidy up on it this weekend.
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2015, 03:54 AM »
As promised, some better pics
 

Leo in NE Illinois

  • Sr. Forum Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 303
  • Thanked: 9 times
Re: Black Monkey Thorn - Acacia Burkei
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2015, 11:30 AM »
I love the trunk on this, really, planting angle is fine.

Your biggest problem will be keeping the lower branches vigorous. The the lowermost grow and extend, and keep the upper branches pruned short. Prune back upper branches several times a year. Prune back the lower less often.

I have a long cascade azalea. The upper branches get pruned every 6 weeks, the lower branches get pruned to shape once a year right after blooming. Otherwise the lowest branches will weaken and die off.