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|FWBS Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote knowledge of and interest in bonsai and to serve as a focal point for bonsai fanciers in and around the Fort Worth area. We provide a variety of educational and support services to the bonsai community. The Officers and Directors of FWBS are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to spreading the word about this wonderful, satisfying and challenging hobby.
|FWBS Club History
The Fort Worth Bonsai Society was founded on April 25, 1985. The instigator and founding member was Estella Flather who is still an integral member of the club. We are a fairly young club with many beginners to the art. Meetings range from talks on various aspects of bonsai, to demonstrations by nationally recognized bonsai artists, to member workshops.
|Club Artist Workshop Program|
Our Club Artists Program:
Three times a year, we will hold the 'Club Artist Workshop' as our regular monthly meeting on the second Saturday of most months. We will still meet in the regular room. Every member is invited to bring in 1 or 2 trees that they would like to work on for the next several years with the 'Club Artists'. Though not a fast rule, the idea is to bring in the same trees to each workshop, thereby continually improving those trees.
The Club Artists:
Benefits of our 'Club Artist Workshop':
Every member now has an opportunity to take a tree and develop it with professional help into a nice bonsai. There is no question that you will have a better tree every year.
This is an entirely free program to FWBS members. The bonsai art in Fort Worth should improve dramatically. Our public shows will improve as our trees improve.
We should increase our membership with this program.
|The Best Trees For Bonsai
( Credit: Balcony Garden Web )
|1. Japanese Maple|
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) is chosen for bonsai primarily due to its lobed leaves, color, and its adaptability to become a bonsai. Also, there are countless varieties and the bonsai tree can be formed in a variety of styles.
|2. Bodhi tree (Ficus Religiosa)|
Did you know the Ficus Religiosa was the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment? Due to this, it is commonly known as sacred fig, peepal tree, and Bo-tree. It makes an excellent bonsai.
The bodhi is a tough plant that grows fast and forms aerial roots. It has attractive shiny heart-shaped foliage that appears in bronze color, which later turns into glossy green as the leaves mature. Also, the leaves can be easily reduced in bonsai culture.
|3. Cotoneaster horizontalis|
Cotoneaster horizontalis is often formed in the cascade style or planted on the rock, thus called rock cotoneaster. It is a deciduous shrub that is suitable for bonsai culture because of its forgiving nature (very suitable for beginners), it looks great due to its long-lasting color, grows best in temperate regions.
Tall, gigantic and fabled African tree, the great baobab is truly adaptable to become a bonsai. Easy to care and maintain in warm climates, the baobab tree bonsai requires some care in winter in cooler zones. Learn everything about growing this amazing tree here.
|5. Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica)|
This tall stately tree becomes large to medium sized bonsai specimen and best presented in the style of an upright plant. Young shoots can be easily formed and the leaves in autumn turn to golden yellow color. Keep in mind, the beech tree is a slow grower and takes time.
Not only for hedging, boxwood can also become a bonsai. Super adaptable to containers, any species of this genus is easy to care for and maintain and becomes a handsome bonsai. If you are in making your first bonsai, try boxwood.
Pomegranate is one of the nicest fruit trees and easiest one to make into a bonsai. Because it has shallow root system it adapts well to bonsai culture. This robust plant with eye-catching bark, stunning red flowers, and gorgeous fruits looks magnificent.
Junipers are one of the most popular trees for bonsai. It is a genus of 50+ species of evergreen coniferous shrubs of which Juniper Procumbens Nana is very popular among beginners who are just starting out to make a bonsai tree. All junipers are easy to train and care and makes very appealing bonsai.
|9. Ficus Retusa|
It is probably one of the most attractive trees among the tropical bonsai growers. Easy to style, resistant to negligence and mistakes and probably the best plant for both beginners and advanced level bonsai growers. You can learn the basics of bonsai making by doing experiments on it and forming it in different styles.
|10. Ficus Benjamina|
Benjamin Ficus (Ficus Benjamina) is one more popular plant you should consider. It is a beautiful evergreen tree that makes a wide canopy of fine branches that cascade down towards the ground giving it the name weeping fig.
Jade tree (Crassula ovata) is a succulent plant with thick fleshy stems and leaves. Jade is an easy-care evergreen bonsai. Its hardiness and thick trunk give it mature look quickly.
|12. Crape Myrtle|
Crape myrtle is one pf the best trees for bonsai. Its key features are exquisite branch formation, showy flowers of pink, white or purple and more over it shed outer layers of bark from time to time and the color of the underlying bark can vary from gray, rusty brown to almost pink.
|13. Fukien Tea (Carmona retusa)|
One of the best plants, Fukien Tea is a great addition to any bonsai collection that makes great small indoor bonsai. Its small dark-green shiny leaves have tiny white dots on them. Small white flowers bloom all year round and sometimes produce tiny red berries.
|14. Chinese Elm|
One of the most splendid elms, this east Asian native becomes a spectacular bonsai easily. This ideal plant is really forgiving and doesn't mind regular pruning and styling.
Bougainvillea is one of the best bonsai plants. So colorful and pretty, its beautiful papery flowers of many colors make an attractive display, appear incessantly, especially in favorable climates. Bougainvillea grows fast, its branches are easy to wire and it can be made into almost any style.
|16. Dwarf Schefflera|
Dwarf Schefflera (Schefflera arboricola) is one of the most popular indoor bonsai trees. It is easy to grow, drought resistant and difficult to kill which makes it a perfect bonsai plant for beginners. It is easy to train too and forms aerial roots, it is very good for making a dramatic banyan style bonsai.
|17. Indian Banyan (Ficus benghalensis)|
Banyan tree, which is also called Bargad/Bar in the local language is the national tree of India. It is one of the largest tree species. The tree releases its aerial roots and once these roots reach the ground they grow into the woody trunk. The tree naturally looks old and becomes an amazing bonsai specimen.
Thick bulbous trunk, vibrant blooms, and glossy foliage makes the Adenium an ideal tree for bonsai. This flowering tree creates fast and natural looking bonsai with minimal efforts.
Olive bonsai is easy to care for and very strong so it is a suitable choice for use as bonsai. Their smooth trunk and good branch structure make them a spectacular bonsai.
Azalea is a must-have Bonsai and looks unbelievably stunning. It is popular for its growth habit and bountiful blooms that come in many different colors, shapes, sizes and patterns. It requires plenty of care and acidic soil to thrive well.
Not very popular but guava tree becomes an excellent bonsai and doesn't require too much care or maintenance. It is even possible to make it produce fruits that make an amazing display.
Pines make a wonderful bonsai. However, they are not ideal for beginners. Pines are a classic bonsai species and their rugged, rough bark and trunk make them appear old.
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