Monkey Puzzle: Unsuitable for Bonsai?

emk

Mame
Messages
107
Reaction score
0
Location
Columbus, OH
USDA Zone
5B
My wife and I recently visited Kew Gardens outside of London during our first trip to Europe. There we finally laid eyes on an honest-to-goodness Monkey Puzzle Tree. (Before that we had only see vague images from books, though the name alone was intriguing.) It was a lovely specimen and my wife was obviously taken by it since, now that we're home, she's asking me if I would be able to use a Monkey Puzzle for bonsai material (it's not hardy in our zone, so a full-size outdoor planting is out of the question).

So, has anyone ever heard of or seen a Monkey Puzzle bonsai? It doesn't really seem suitable for bonsai to me, but I'm relatively inexperienced, so I could be totally mistaken.
 

Dav4

Drop Branch Murphy
Messages
11,009
Reaction score
20,684
Location
North Georgia/lived in MA until 2009
USDA Zone
7b
Don't know about prospects as bonsai. They are related to the norfolk pine, and as such, I don't think they are hardy in Ohio. You'd have to treat it as a sub-tropical and give it loads of winter protection.

Dave
 

Bnana

Mame
Messages
235
Reaction score
239
Location
The Netherlands
USDA Zone
8
In the Netherlands they are pretty common in gardens and we have decent frost in winter.
But it's the least suitable tree for bonsai I can imagine.
 

Similar threads

Top Bottom