Plant ID forum: Bonsai tree species

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LottaHart
Aug 17, 2016 2:50 PM CST
I recently received a bonsai tree as a gift and I am unsure of the species. Can anyone identify it for me? Any important information for the care of this species?
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Name: Pippilotti
Tucson AZ (Zone 9a)
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pippilotti
Aug 20, 2016 8:51 PM CST
HI LottaHart
Start looking at ficus types that's the direction I'd go .
Sorry to be so vague.
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 21, 2016 6:49 AM CST
Compare to Ficus retusa. Cuban Laurel (Ficus retusa)
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 26, 2016 1:31 PM CST
I agree 😎😎😎
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Aug 26, 2016 5:02 PM CST
The bark isn't right for Cuban laurel. I actually don't think it is a ficus species at all. This plant has leaves paired along the stems. Ficus species leaves alternate. I'm thinking maybe a ligustrum species, possibly Ligustrum japonicum or L. sinense (leaning towards L. japonicum).

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