The Dwarf Geometry tree, scientifically known as Bucida sp. variegata, is a rare and exotic small tree that is highly valued as an unusual bonsai subject or specimen plant. This delicate tree grows into a bonsai almost by itself and can be used as a potted indoor tree. It is very salt-tolerant, making it a great choice for bonsai enthusiasts who live near the sea.
This evergreen tree is native to the Bahamas, where it grows in full sun and moderate water conditions. It is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11. In colder regions, it must be grown in a pot and placed in a sheltered location to protect it from frost.
The Dwarf Geometry tree is prized for its ornamental foliage, which consists of shiny, dark green leaves and crooked, thorned stems. The foliage is unique and creates an interesting bonsai shape, with small leaves and thorns that grow out erratically in all directions, forming a diamond-like lace. Its dark, olive-green foliage also creates attractive contrast with other plants, making it a great choice for your houseplant collection.
In addition to its ornamental value, Bucida sp. variegata has ethnomedical uses, including wound healing, fever reduction, and other medicinal purposes. For centuries, the leaves, stem, and bark of the tree have been used in traditional medicine.
In its natural habitat, the Black Olive tree can grow as a 50 ft tall evergreen tree with a smooth trunk holding up strong, wind-resistant branches, forming a pyramidal shape when young, but developing a very dense, full, oval to rounded crown with age. Sometimes, the top of the crown will flatten with age, and the tree grows horizontally.
The Dwarf Geometry tree is an excellent choice if you are looking for a smaller, rare tree for your bonsai collection. It provides interesting foliage, ornamental contrasts, and a host of ethnomedical uses. With proper care, this rare tree can be enjoyed for many years.