Hamelia patens - Firebush - Hummingbird bush
A native of Mexico and south America and related to the coffee family (Rubieacea). Hamelia patens is extremely rare in European bonsai, in 30 years this is only the second one we have had. Winter protection from frost is important, hamelia will overwinter down to about 4 degrees above freezing and be perfectly happy. Unless the conditions are warm the tree may loose it's leaves in winter but kept warm and bright it is evergreen. Hamelia is extremely drought tolerant and care should be taken to not allow the soil to remain wet for long periods. The tree will grow in just about any well draining soil and LOVES HOT conditions like an unshaded greenhouse, conservatory or south facing corner outside in summer. The hotter and brighter the conditions the more the tree will flower and the tighter it's growth will be. Flowers occur throughout the growing season on current seasons growth. If the tree is allowed to grow out (as in our pictures) flowering will be profuse. Once flowers begin to fade prune back hard. Bonsai shaping can be easily achieved by pruning, wire is not really needed on such a fast growing variety. A superb and unusual variety that is surprisingly easy to cultivate in the UK.
Imported from Indonesia last winter this beautiful tree has been thrilling our visitors with it's flowers all summer. We will give it a hard prune in the next few weeks because underneath all that foliage and flower is an impressive bonsai tree. Your chance to own something truly unique. If you have no experience keeping bonsai we do not recommend buying this tree as a degree of horticultural skill is required to maintain such a beautiful bonsai.
24" tall above it's bonsai pot. 26" wide overall. 10" diameter nebari.
Planted in a plastic bonsai pot.
The subject pictured is the EXACT plant we will send you. Appearance may vary depending upon the season.
In stock and available for delivery within two or three working days.
Price including secure packaging and U.K delivery* £495.00
*Price includes delivery to any U.K mainland address (except Highlands and Islands).
Not available for shipping outside the European Union (ie: the USA). Importing plants without correct permissions can land you with a VERY big fine or prison time.
We do not provide cultural information for this tree other than the above (relevant to the UK climate only). Please ensure you have the skills and facilities to care for this plant in your location before you decide to purchase.
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