An “Amazing Little Tree” with Six Names

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Source: Bonsaibark.

Dave's Ficus 005

I chose this tree because I like its multiple trunks and exposed roots and the way it invites you to come in and enjoy yourself under its protective canopy. I also like that it's referred to as a Ficus salicaria, a name that is new to me. You may know it as a Ficus salicifolia. Or perhaps a Ficus neriifolia. And if you'd like to venture into somewhat more obscure territory, Ficus celebensis, Ficus irregularis or Ficus regularis. What these botanical names have in common is, well, a common name... Willow leaf ficus. At least in some lexicons.

I came across the photo above and the rest of the photos shown here purely by accident…. I was searching bonsai with wire scarring (more about this another time) when Dave Bogan’s The Willow Leaf Ficus –  An Amazing Little Tree came up. I don’t know why, there’s nothing in it about wire scarring that I could find. But never mind, I like these photos and I also like the strange ins and outs of botanical nomenclature.

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Dave's Ficus 008

Another unusual Willow leaf Ficus from Dave's The Willow Leaf Ficus -  An Amazing Little Tree

 

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This Willow leaf ficus graces the cover of 
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Dave's Ficus 007

This one with its impressive wingspan is a most unusual tree

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