I think this is called the prickly tea tree from memory, but my memory isn’t that good. I bought this with a number of other tube stock Australian natives from a nursery in Tumut about ten years ago, so this tree has been pot grown for its whole life. Again, I hope one day it will be part of an Australian native shohin display at an exhibition. Love the flaking bark and the tiny flowers. Has been trouble free so I hope it continues along those lines.


I dug this tree a while ago so I don’t know what variety it is unfortunately. I decided to dig it just because it had some trunk movement which appealed to me as most gums have a relatively straight trunk, at least the ones I see in the wild. I wasn’t good at keeping records of this tree so I don’t know when it was dug but it would be at least 4 years. I have made a new pot for this tree and I will repot it this year.

Alpine Bottlebrush

I recently joined the Victorian Native Bonsai Club and this was following the AABC convention conducted by the club that featured only Australian native plants as bonsai and to say the least I was hooked. I have had an interest for some time but this exhibition really excited me in what can be done. To celebrate my acceptance into the club I thought I should post a few of my Australian natives just in case other members have a look at this blog. Hopefully I will post one every week for a while (it won’t take too long to get through all of them as I don’t have a great number).

This Callistemon pityoides was purchased as tube stock some years ago and has always been pot grown. It grows well in the conditions here and has flowered for the past few years. It is currently in a Pat Kennedy pot that is a bit too big for it but at the next repot a further reduction in pot size will occur.

This photo was taken at night with a flash and that accounts for “different” coloring.