mai hok hian (ไม้หกเหียน)
six tree’. A small manipulated
tree or shrub, with a bare trunk and a few
that only have bushes of foliage -preferably globular in shape- at
the outermost tips of the branches. The bark of this tree is pale to
dark greyish in colour. Those branches are manipulated
over a certain period, in order to make them bend back down to the
base of the trunk, akin to the shape of the Thai number six (๖),
hence the designation.
This type of
is difficult to trim and shape, and it requires skill and
perseverance to do so.
See also POSTAGE STAMPS.