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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: wiseoldowl on February 17, 2010, 09:17 AM

Title: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: wiseoldowl on February 17, 2010, 09:17 AM
Does anyone have any idea whether the tropical "Alstonia Scholaris" (Cheesewood tree or Milkwood tree) be made a bonsai. It is a hardy perennial tree that grows as much as 40ft. I recently obtained a plant that was growing from a crevice and I want to turn it to a bonsai. Can someone share any information regarding the same ? It would be very helpful.
Title: Re: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: bonsaikc on February 17, 2010, 09:53 AM
Does anyone have any idea whether the tropical "Alstonia Scholaris" (Cheesewood tree or Milkwood tree) be made a bonsai. It is a hardy perennial tree that grows as much as 40ft. I recently obtained a plant that was growing from a crevice and I want to turn it to a bonsai. Can someone share any information regarding the same ? It would be very helpful.

Owl, I've not heard of that species. If you will fill out your profile and let us know where you are, we might be able to point you in some positive directions for folks who deal with your types of species.

Welcome to the forum!!!

Chris
Title: Re: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: wiseoldowl on February 17, 2010, 10:31 AM
Ok..I have updated my profile. I am from India. The Alstonia is a very common tree here throughout India. But not much information is available whether it can be readily converted into the bonsai form.
Title: Re: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: bwaynef on February 17, 2010, 10:56 AM
I'll go out on a limb and say that, by appearances only, it looks like it ought to adapt to container culture.  I think you're just going to have to give it a try.  Are there any bonsai clubs near you?
Title: Re: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: wiseoldowl on February 17, 2010, 11:12 AM
Unfortunately no. I am located in a relatively far off area. All the knowledge I have about the Bonsai art form is from the internet. I am truly fascinated with it and want to give it a try.
Title: Re: Alstonia Scholaris
Post by: Larry Gockley on February 19, 2010, 09:21 AM
It always interests me when one tries to apply the bonsai practice to local variety of trees. Not knowing the species, it is a big plus if it has rather small leaves to begin with. Another requirement is that it back buds if the branches are cut, and/or if it puts out new growth if the trunk is chopped. If you recently collected it, the first requirement is to keep it alive. When I collect a tree from the wild, I let it grow freely for at least a year.  A lot of would be bonsai are killed by doing to much, to soon. Patience is not only a virtue, it is necessary it bonsai. Good luck, Larry