Miniature Flowering Trees

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Miniature Flowering Trees
Imagine growing a tiny version of this orange tree inside your house. (orange tree image by Daria Miroshnikova from

Flowering trees and plants help to add colour and interest to indoor and outdoor areas. Tiny trees are particularly suited for indoor growing. Miniature flowering trees bloom in a wide variety of colours, adapt well to most soils, are low maintenance and are minimally bothered by diseases and pests. (Reference 1)

Miniature trees include a variety of rare plants such as exotic limes, lemons and oranges. Many miniature trees are imported from Central America and Asia. (Reference 2)

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Miniature Wisteria

Miniature wisteria (Kofuji) is a native plant from Japan and China and grows to a mature eight to twelve inches. The tree produces thickets of stems with very small leaves. (Reference 3). Miniature wisteria blooms with blue flower clusters in March and April. The flowers are long and pendulous and are proportionate to the small size of the tree. The blooms are often followed by elongated seed pods. The colour of the foliage changes from green to yellow during fall. Miniature wisteria prefers bright light and daily watering during the warmer months. In spring and fall, it needs watering every two days. Apply a balanced fertiliser every six weeks during the miniature wisteria's active growth period. (Reference 4)

Miniature Orange

The miniature orange tree (Citrofortunella microcarpa) is both ornamental and functional. The tree blooms abundantly two to three times a year, producing creamy white flowers with a delicate citrus scent. Miniature oranges can be used in garnishes, salads or eaten fresh. (Reference 4). These tiny trees are often trained as bonsai. Miniature orange trees grow to a mature height of about three feet. The tree has upright branches and is well adapted to normal indoor temperature. Place tree in areas receiving half a day of direct sunlight, for best growth. Water two to three times a week in warmer weather. (Reference 5)

Snow Rose

Snow rose (Serissa foetida 'Pink') is a miniature tree which grows to a mature height of about one foot. The gnarled and twisted trunk and surface roots are some unusual qualities of the snow rose. (Reference 2). The tree produces pink flowers during spring and is easy to grow once it adapts to the environment. However, it does not like sudden and frequent moves. Snow roses like bright light and sufficient air ventilation. Avoid overhead watering, keep soil moist and apply slow-release fertiliser to the tiny tree. Prune the snow rose during summer, once flowering has stopped, but do not prune in winter, as this affects the spring blooms. (Reference 6)

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