Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

During the weekend of 29 February and 1 March 2020 an exhibition of Australian native plants as bonsai was held at the Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra.

Following are a few photos from the exhibition.

Callistemon subulatus in a hand made pot designed for this tree
Kunzea ambigua that was developed from nursery stock
Callistemon sp? and has been styled since 2004
Eucalyptus bridgesiana and one of my personal favorites from the exhibition
A better look at the leaves of the above tree
Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ obtained as advanced stock. The artist has chosen to “kill off” some secondary branching to give the impression of a plant that is a survivor in difficult conditions
Banksia marginata that has been in training since 2012
Callistemon brachyandrus in the exposed root style
Leptospermum ‘Aphrodite’ has a lot of features that are good for bonsai however as it only tolerates a light frost it may be suspect in my garden although this one looks good
Callistemon sp? that was rescued from a shopping centre before renovations commenced. It is noticeable that there are plenty of bottlebrush varieties used for bonsai.

2 thoughts on “Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

  1. Great to have your blog back up and running Watto. It has been sorely missed!
    Really liked the look of that Eucalyptus bridgesiana. Just wondering (roughly) how tall this one is, and is that the natural leaf size? They are nice and compact for a eucalypt – very appealing!

    • Hi Ryan,
      Yep, the Eucalyptus bridgesiana was a cracker. It was tall and skinny really but that didn’t detract from its appeal at all in my opinion. From memory it was about 75 to 80 cm tall and from what I know those leaves are the normal size so a very interesting species for bonsai I would say

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