Pls. help identify my bonsai

angelae

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Hi! Kindly help identify the bonsai below. This was just a gift and i want to know how to take care of it.

Thank you.

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Interesting tree. I have never seen anything braided quite like that one but I would guess Money Tree. You could search money tree care for help taking care of it.
 

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The leaves resemble a Money Tree but Might be to short for that I think. The stems or branches of a Money Tree should tend to look more like bamboo. But there are varieties of the Money Tree. So that might not be a rule...just my experience. Here’s a photo of the Money Tree stems next to me. You can see braiding started on this tree and can still see the bamboo-like structure of the stems.

The Money Tree survives with water. Just enough to keep the roots wet. To much water and the roots just grow higher up. No water = dead tree. The Money Tree survives in stones and water. No soil is needed. Water is required. Money Trees are grown in a container without drainage holes....draining would be deadly...roots have to stay wet.
My experience.
 

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I'm going with ficus....

Looks like a fusion project.

Welcome to Crazy!

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I agree with @sorce, this is a ficus. Keep it near a bright window, away from cold drafts and water it about every other day or when the surface soil feels dry to the touch. I don't know where you are, but you can put it outside once temperatures are consistently (and constantly: day and night) above 45F.

Good luck!
 

sorce

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I still cant get over all them thin ass whips.

Some seem dead in there too...

Miss @angelae if you can trace down the dead ones, it is probly a good idea to trim them out to make room for the live ones.

The intention there is to get all the trunks to fuse together , creating one larger tree faster.

But it can get real patchy iffin they start dying.

Brush Cherry ? Ill take it...cuz it doesnt say ficus for sure.

Probly harder to fuse them.

Where did this come from?


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If it gets little purple flowers it is definitely Cuphea hyssopifolia

I have seen these braided stems of Cuphea before. Not common but it was done for a florist, you don't often see this done.

The trunks will fuse in time. Nice

Look up Cuphea.
 

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I'll only add that cuphea has cultivars with purple, pink or white little flowers.
 

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Money tree it's not, I can tell you; its leaves are palmate compound, and naturally the size of a man's handspan.

Can you post a clearer picture? I'm afraid the one above doesn't show enough detail for anyone to be sure: Cuphea, Serissa, and some of the small-leaf Ficus are all possibilities until we can see more.

And - am I the only one to whom the "braiding" looks like it might be a wire frame? (In this picture, anyway.)
 

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