I have wanted to purchase a Bonsai tree for the last 20+ years. I have enjoyed looking at different Bonsai trees over the years. I used to think about stopping to purchase a tree during college when I saw the Bonsai guy while driving home but I never stopped to purchase a tree. Over the years of moving I determined not to purchase a tree because I never had a place to in my apartments.
Once I arrived in Brazil I saw a sign for Bonsai trees along the road side and determined to purchase one. One day I stopped by and there was no worker at the roadside Bonsai stand. A few weeks later I was talking with a friend and he said that he wanted to purchase a Bonsai tree also. We made arrangements to go together to purchase trees. I looked at many different tree options to purchase. Once I narrowed down the type of tree that I wanted, I then had to determine the age of the tree to purchase.
The Bonsai pictured above is a 40 year old tree that is similar to the one that I ended up purchasing. It is actually in the private collection of the owner. I thought that the root ball and bark looked really cool. I ended up purchasing a tree that is only 15 years old and has red flowers during the fall each year. I really like the bark, root ball, branches and the red flowers that are characteristic of this tree. One day I hope to see this tree at 30 years old.