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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 06:13 PM

Title: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 06:13 PM
This was ground-layered off a rock mound many years ago. The leaves have reduced to less than half normal size. Showing the movement and budding after a recent reduction which I have to do a few times per year. And the repair after it was blown off it's bench.
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 06:20 PM
Oops, posted the same image twice.  ::)
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 06:30 PM
Buds and a segue to big brother. Not styled just growing. 36" Basically sculpture with some large messy leaves. I'll remove them and hope for smaller ones.
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 06:34 PM
And closing with a short tour around the house. Eternal moss supply. 8)
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: Owen Reich on December 13, 2014, 08:04 PM
Big props for "Big Brother".  That is a very nice tree.
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 13, 2014, 11:28 PM
Big props for "Big Brother".  That is a very nice tree.

Thanks Owen
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: DorianJF on December 14, 2014, 04:01 AM
Absolutely agree with Owen there.

Definitely an amazing tree.

What I would give to have a moss supply like that.  Makes my little moss corner at home look fairly insignificant.   :)
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: Sorce on December 14, 2014, 05:35 AM
Yes.

Amazing deadwood!

Like a ribbon that is still moving.

Can't wait to see the foliage placed!

Sorce
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: M. Frary on December 14, 2014, 07:42 AM
 Umm. For those of us that don't or probably ever won't speak Latin what is it? Not a scientist here just a guy that plays with little trees.
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on December 14, 2014, 12:01 PM
 Nice trees and nice yard. Lush tree ferns & moss everywhere. You don't see that everyday. Living in a rain forest. Cool.

I love your metrosideros. Both are nice, and the bigger one is truly sculpture, no need to "do bonsai" on it, it is already art. It can do nothing but get better. Very nice.

Mike the genus Meterosideros is a group of tropical trees & shrubs in the Myrtaceae (Myrtle family) most are native to Polynesia south through and including New Zealand. This one, called ?hi?a lehua, is native to Hawaii and has a long history of use by the Hawaiian people. Nice red "powder puff" flowers.

Bruce - do yours flower for you?
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 14, 2014, 05:29 PM
Thanks to all. And Leo, In "captivity" I seldom get a flower. But now that I've spent about 20 years learning from them I'm concentrating on collecting those that flower heavily. Ohi'a lehua. Lehua is the flower. At UH Hilo there's a group from many countries in a Ph. D program here to study Ohi'a. They call themselvs "Team Ohi'a." I met a lovely young woman at a show who is in the program  and she loved the ohi'a bonsai. We had an enthusiastic discussion about all things ohi'a and the next time I looked at the clock 2 1/2 hours had passed! I learned a lot from her, mostly about aspects not visible to the naked eye. 
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: M. Frary on December 14, 2014, 10:04 PM
Nice trees and nice yard. Lush tree ferns & moss everywhere. You don't see that everyday. Living in a rain forest. Cool.

I love your metrosideros. Both are nice, and the bigger one is truly sculpture, no need to "do bonsai" on it, it is already art. It can do nothing but get better. Very nice.

Mike the genus Meterosideros is a group of tropical trees & shrubs in the Myrtaceae (Myrtle family) most are native to Polynesia south through and including New Zealand. This one, called ?hi?a lehua, is native to Hawaii and has a long history of use by the Hawaiian people. Nice red "powder puff" flowers.

Bruce - do yours flower for you?
  Thanks Leo. I could or should have looked it up. Laziness sets in on the day off early on.
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: SHIMA1 on December 14, 2014, 11:21 PM
Umm. For those of us that don't or probably ever won't speak Latin what is it? Not a scientist here just a guy that plays with little trees.

Mike, I don't speak Latin either and I'm not a scientist, it's just a new word we aren't used to seeing, just as Acer palmatum was for us in the beginning, eh? I'll be glad when everyone here knows it by ohi'a. Maybe beginning now.

Bruce
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: Sorce on December 15, 2014, 06:20 AM
Easier to pronounce the Latin name.

Science must be easier than surfing!

Lol.

Sorce
Title: Re: Shohin Metrosideros polymorpha
Post by: M. Frary on December 15, 2014, 09:18 PM
  Whatever it's name those are cool trees. Thank you for posting them.