Feast (ThursdayTreeLove)

Instead of a tree growing in the open, today I have my Bonsai tree for you. We call it Wax but botanically it is the Ehretia microphylla or Fukien Tea. It belongs to the Boranginaceae family and I have seen it growing in the Andamans but its ‘cousin’ Ehretia laevis does grow in Pune. Its shiny small leaves make it a perfect species for Bonsai. My tree is a Shohin and the reason I post it today is that currently it is fruiting and is a big attraction for local birds.

Shiny dark green leaves. Buds and fruit on the plant. Birds leave the green raw fruit alone.
The red ripe fruit is irresistible to Sunbirds! Its about the size of a grain of Toor Dal.
A pair of Sunbirds feast on the fruits!

Here is my tree in case you are curious… It is about 10″ tall.

My plant is still Work In Progress especially the Apex.

Fruit on my Cherry Bonsai

The same species that I saw in the Andamans
Thats Cherry on my Bonsai and Bulbuls love it. However the green raw ones are left untouched and once ripened the Bulbus unerringly feast on it.. You can see a half eaten cherry here!

We are a small group of Bonsai Moms and shower our trees with love and care. As you can see, the trees reciprocate by blooming and fruiting profusely which in turn is a feast for birds and insects. And a source of immense joy and satisfaction for us.

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over to see fantastic plants from around the world. Better still, join in.

10 Replies to “Feast (ThursdayTreeLove)”

  1. Wow, Archana. I loved reading about your bonsai today. Some day I would love to be one who could take care of at least one bonsai. The cherry was a nice treat to watch. Such a lovely video too.

  2. Beautiful bonsai you have there Archana! Would love to see all your bonsai collections. 🙂 Video of the cute little bird being so diligent and respecting the laws of nature was spell-bound.

  3. Having many seedling sprouts and not enough room for more large trees, I have been thinking of trying the art of bonsai. Your photos and descriptions are encouraging.

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