This nerifolia grows soooo fast I can't believe it! Got it at a club raffle about a year ago I think. It was in a two-inch pot and one of my mentors said, "Get that one and throw it in a big pot. It'll thicken up like crazy before you know it!"
First pic was after one San Diego "winter" in the 2.5 gal. pot and an initial styling in March 2011. Second pic was taken end of April after it started growing back again. Third pic was early August. I pulled the left branch down and out with some big wire, and it started biting in after only a couple months... DOH!!!
After hearing Ted Matson's ideas on ficus brooms at a recent club meeting/workshop, I'm hoping to spread the canopy out wider as the tree develops. Ted mentioned that, because of the generally directly overhead angle of the sun in tropical climates, broom-form trees tend to have much wider, spread out canopies in order to maximize photosynthesis.
It's kind of ugly, but I feel I've made decent progress with this tree in a year. I'm just starting to think about future pots, so maybe you all have some suggestions on what type of pot you envision for this little guy? I haven't really gone digging in the roots but you can see in the last pic that the front has some funky crossing going on. I'd love to hear any stylistic/development ideas you all have.