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Bonsai of Portulaca afra (Spekboom).

Indigenous to South Africa this species has been found to extract the most carbon from the air for any tree it’s size. It is found on rocky slopes in arid conditions and flowers in extreme drought conditions.

It is a popular bonsai subject because of it’s caudiciform (tree trunk-like) appearance. Pictured is a variegated type.

I want it to lean over almost horizontally so I used crutch-shaped sticks to prop it up.

Kei apple, Dovyalis caffra. Featured tree at Towerkop Nursery.

Bonsai of the kei apple. An evergreen tree up to about 3-5 m in nature. Native to South africa. Bears yellow fruit which is edible if not somewhat tart. Grown as a hedge it forms an impenetrable barrier because of it’s fierce thorns.

Birds subsequently build nests in it’s protective thicket of thorns.