(Common name Lysiloma)
The Lysiloma has everything you want in a bonsai. Small leaves, small powder-puff flower and rustic bark. I think the tree is neglected by most bonsai enthusiast in Florida because of not being aware it even exists. This tree was grown from nursery. It has been in training as a bonsai for six years. The tree is 36” from the top of the pot to the top of the canopy and 36” at the widest part of the canopy. The root spread is 6” wide at the base and the trunk is 4”. The tree is deciduous, it drops all it’s leaves around December and stays dormant until the end of February. but the roots cannot be worked on at this time. The tree is tropical and is treated like a Black Olive. Meaning, root work and/or repotting is after April 15th or when the night temperature reaches the seventies. In the spring when the new growth comes out it is a beautiful cinnamon red, and then turns to an emerald green. As you can see it puts on a real show.
The Lysiloma being used as an ornamental tree. As you can see it’s natural
growing habit is a weeping style. Surprisingly it’s common plant family is
Finished wood product
The wood is very hard and dense. It has a red hue to it that is grained well
The flower grows in the same manner as a Powder-puff (Calliandra haematocephala).
The tree is naturally weeping in nature and is trained using directional
pruning. The leaves are small to begin with so the main objective is reducing
the distance between internodes. And that is accomplished with the
control of apical dominance.
It’s growth rate is medium with a high salt and drought tolerance. It is from
the West Indies, prefers zones 9-11 in partial shade to full sun and the soil
should be moist. It’s small white flowers appears in spring.
The tree in 2006