Bonsai Fukien Tea

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Characteristics

Species: retusa

Other Species Names: Philippine Tea Tree

Plant Height: Varies in.

Spread: Varies in.

Evergreen: Yes

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Bright

Maximum Sunlight: Filtered Sun

Ornamental Features

Bonsai Fukien Tea has attractive dark green foliage. Bonsai Fukien Tea can take many forms from upright and tree-like to cascading. The small leaves and tiny white flowers make it one of the more popular Bonsai subjects.

Landscape Attributes

Bonsai Fukien Tea is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with many forms from upright to spreading. It responds to pruning and shaping and can simulate age with minor effort. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. However, all Bonsai require regular pruning and care to maintain their shape and size. It has no significant negative characteristics. Bonsai Fukien Tea is recommended for formal and informal Bonsai shapes, is suitable for planting as a single plant or in groves, and can simulate age with minimal effort.

Planting & Growing

Bonsai Fukien Tea can be trained to be just a few inches up to 2 feet tall. Pot size and plant shape will determine the size of plant. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This shrub should be grown in filtered sunlight, but benefits from afternoon shading. It requires moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not considered to be drought-tolerant, so as a Bonsai subject should never be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Bonsai Fukien Tea can be grown from cuttings, air layering, and by grafting. All Bonsai require regular pruning and care and an occasional root pruning and re-potting to maintain their shape and character.