The Brush Cherry, Eugenia myrtifolia, is an evergreen tree with dark, lush and glossy foliage. This tree may bear small white flowers in spring. The Brush Cherry tree is native to Australia and New Zealand and will not tolerate frost. But this species is very popular as indoor Bonsai because of its vigorous growth and quick development. Making it one of the best varieties because it develops the trunk girth and ramifies very quickly.
Brush Cherry prefers sunny and warm locations. They usually can tolerate full sun, but partial shade is needed in hotter temperatures. They dislike draught and cold temperatures. During the winter, this tree would do well indoors.
- Make sure the tree gets watered thoroughly and has sufficient drainage.
- Try mimicking rainwater by showering the tree rather than directly watering it.
- Do not water when the soil is wet.
- Try to provide adequate humidity as the tree does not like dry areas. Misting and a humidity tray are ideal.
- Training: wiring is best recommended on younger shoots and twigs. Older branches should not be wired as they are very stiff and can snap easily.
- Pruning: Pruning is best recommended to be done in the spring or summer after flowering, but hard pruning can also be done in the fall or winter. The Brush Cherry grows vigorously and may need to be pruned often.
- Repotting: repot once every 2-3 years and older ones once every 3-5 years. Make sure to not repot on years where hard pruning has been done.
YOUNG: 6" - 12" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot.
SHOHIN MATURE: 6"-12" tall, comes in a 5" handmade ceramic pot.
MATURE: 8" - 16" tall, comes in an 8" handmade ceramic pot.
These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).
It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai.
Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own.
Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures.
Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)
10% Potting Compost
Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)
If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix.
Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required.
Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.
- Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute.
- Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
- Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it.
One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.