I bought the Buddleja as a Yamadori “stomp” from Clifton Marais in 2000 for R100. At that stage the first buds were just visible.
The big attraction for me was the completely hollow trunk and the twisting movement of the live section.
The tree was left to grow undisturbed for the next two years before I started wiring the main branches.
Since then the tree was pruned and restyled a number of times. The heavy top section was carved in 2008.
2003 – After potting the tree in its first bonsai pot
2008 – After carving and potting
2017 to the winning tree