I know some bonsai growers stick to the tried and true traditional bonsai species but here at Shibui Bonsai I am always trying new species and varieties. I have had some success propagating some less well known species that should be suitable as bonsai. If anyone else would like to try I have smaller starters only available.Lagarostrobos franklinii – Huon Pine – Slow growing but a real Tasmanian native icon. Young growth droops but seems to become erect as it matures. Try as bonsai or plant it in the ground to grow some fabulous timber. Cutting grown plants in 11cm pots $10 ea.
Podocarpus lawrencii – Mountain Plum Pine. Another Aussie native that occurs on exposed alpine snowfields where it is usually a ground hugging shrub. Known to be very long lived but what sort of bonsai will it make? Cutting grown in 11 cm pots $10 each
Quercus suber – Cork Oak. This is the tree that cork comes from. The bark is very thick and, well, ‘corky’ so they should mature with rugged looking trunks relatively quickly. Or plant them in the ground and harvest your own corks or orchid mounts in the future.