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A tropical rainforest.

A tropical tree is a type of plant that grows in regions near the equator, where the climate is warm and humid. Tropical trees have many adaptations to cope with the high rainfall, intense sunlight, and diverse wildlife that inhabit these areas. Some examples of tropical trees are the bird of paradise, the dragon tree, the fishtail palm, and the European olive. Tropical trees often produce edible fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, coconuts, and olives, that are enjoyed by people around the world. Tropical trees also provide shade, oxygen, timber, and habitat for many animals and plants in the tropical rainforests.

Other trees in the collection that share this property:

This Ficus Retusa is an informal upright style.

The pot is small, rectangle, glazed and blue in color.

Ficus retusa is a species of evergreen woody plant in the fig genus, native to Asia and Australia. It is also known as the Taiwan Ficus, Indian laurel fig, or ginseng Ficus. It has a thick, pot-bellied trunk, glossy green leaves, and aerial roots that can form additional trunks. It is commonly grown as a bonsai tree, due to its ability to adapt to pruning and shaping.

This Bougainvillea was donated by Bonsai Society member Judy Fister, and Bob Hill from the Dayton Bonsai Society in 2018. 

It is a mother/daughter composition and informal upright style.  The pot is oval, glazed, beige in color and is 4 inches deep.

The first European to describe these plants was Philibert Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth. It was first published by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in 1789. 

This Taiwan Fig was donated by Bonsai Society member Mike Scheid in 2008.  For its initial styling, it was grown over two stakes. 

It is an informal upright style with aerial roots. The pot is large oval, glazed, blue in color and is 5 inches deep. 

Taiwan Fig is cultivated as an ornamental tree for planting in gardens, parks, and in containers as an indoor plant and bonsai specimen. In Southeast Asia, it is cultivated as a shade tree because of its dense foliage.  

This tree was purchased by The Krohn Conservatory for the Butterfly Show in 2010. 

The pot is large, oval, glazed, green/blue in color and is 5 inches deep.

This fast-growing tree is found mainly in monsoon and rainforests, that can reach a height of up to 100’. It is resistant to drought and mild frost. It produces propagating roots which grow downwards as aerial roots on the branches that grow downward. Once these roots reach the ground, they take root and become woody trunks to support the wide canopy branches.

This tree was donated by longtime Bonsai Society members Mary and Joe Kayata in 1996.  It is an informal upright style.  The pot is Chinese, rectangular, glazed, green in color and is 4 inches deep.

Ficus microcarpa is native to tropical Asia, southern China, Taiwan, islands of the Western Pacific and Australia.  Naturalized populations of this tree have been found in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Ventura counties, including on buildings, bridges, and other structures. 

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