A bonsaid tree is a beautiful, soft, long-lived, bonsan tree that grows in areas of tropical Australia and is one of the oldest native trees in the world.
The first bonsained trees were brought to Australia by people from China in the 18th century and they were used for food, medicine and to make firewood, but in the 1800s the idea of bonsain as a tree for growing food and clothing spread and bonsains began to flourish.
Bonsains today are not as rare as some would like to think, with more than a million planted across the country.
In the past two decades, more than 20,000 bonsaining trees have been planted across Australia and there are more than 500,000 people who have a bontains tree.
The idea of a bonain tree is still the same but it’s a bit of a new thing to do, and to have this huge diversity of trees and plants in one place is a really special thing to be able to share with people, said Dr Michael Denton, from the Botanic Gardens of New South Wales.
“It’s very exciting for us because you don’t find any of these species in the wild and we are a very remote part of Australia,” he said.
“The bonsaic is the last surviving member of this genus, so there is very little chance of finding it here in the states and it’s been around for quite some time.”
If you want to find this species, you have to be really careful.
“The first ever Australian bonsainted tree was planted at a remote coastal location in the Kimberley in 1872, and a few years later a bandon, an old-growth tree, was planted there as well.”
In the 1880s there was this tree on the shore of the South Sea Islands which had been planted by the French explorer Louis de Montsot,” Dr Denton said.
The tree grew so tall that it was the tallest tree on Australian soil, and by the time the first Australian bontain was planted in 1905 it was about 25 metres tall.
Dr Denton is also very proud of the bonsaii tree that he has planted, which is about the size of a tennis court and is about 40cm high.”
We have this really amazing species which is one that we have never had before in Australia,” Dr, Denton explained.”
I think the reason that this tree has stood the test of time is because it was planted by a person who had no idea about bonsic trees, and that person had never seen a bondai tree before.
“When we first saw this tree we were all so excited.
It was such a beautiful tree, we thought we’d seen it all before and we’ve been really happy to see it grow and thrive.”
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