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Florida Native Species for Bonsai

Recognition of the best Florida native species bonsai will be continued at the 2018 BSF Exhibit.  The American Bonsai Society (ABS) will be furnishing a special trophy.  Included below is a list of bona fide native species that have been successfully grown as bonsai.  Some names are familiar, while some not so much.  It is by no means an exhaustive or exclusive list.  If you are convinced you have a native Florida tree in a pot that’s not on the list, send a photo and species name to conventionexhibit@bonsai-bsf.com and we will check with the Florida Native Plant Society.  If they agree, your tree will be eligible for the award.  Trees should be submitted as normal for the BSF Convention Exhibit.  Select ‘yes’ on the Submission Form if your tree fits the category to be considered for the American Bonsai Society Award. 
The judges’ decision will be final. Good luck!

COMMON NAMESPECIES
AcaciaA. choriophylla
American HornbeamCarpinus caroliniana
Bald/Pond CypressTaxodium distichum, ascendens
ButtonwoodConocarpus erectus
Calabash TreeCresenta cujete
Cat’s ClawPithecellobium unguis-cati.
FirebushHamelin patens
Florida ElmUlmus americana
Florida Keys BlackbeardPithecelbbium Keyense
Florida PrivetForestiera segregate
Gumbo LimboBursera simaruba
Hammock VelvetseedGuettarda elliptica
Laurel OakQ. laurifolia
Lignum VitaeGuaiacum officinale
Live OakQuercus virginiana
Manilla TamarindPithecellobium dulce
Muscadine GrapeTetrastigma rotundifolia
Palatka HollyI. x attenuate
Parsley HawthornCrataegus marshalii
Pine, LoblollyPinus taeda
Pine, LongleafPinus palustris
Pine, PondPinus Serotina
Pine, SandPinus clausa
Pine, SlashPinus elliottii
Pine, SprucePinus glabra
Pond AppleAnnona glabra
SaltbushBaccharis halimifolia
Scrub MintConradina cauescens
Sea GrapeCoccoloba uvifern
Shortleaf or Giant Bearded Fig
or Wild Banyan Tree
Ficus citrifolia
Simpson’s StopperEugenia Foetida
So. Hackberry/SugarberryCeltis laevigata
So. Red CedarJuniperus silicicola
Strangler FigFicus aurea
Swamp/Red MapleAcer rubrum
TintilloRandia aculeate
Tough BuckthornBumelia chrysophylloides
Walter’s ViburnumViburnum obovatum
Water ElmPlanera aquatica
Wild BlueberryVaccinium species
Wild HimeZanthoxylum Fagara
Wild TamarindLysiloma latisiligua
Winged ElmUlmus alata
Yaupon & Weeping Y. HollyIlex vomitoria / “Pendula”