August 5, 2016 nick 0Comment

You would be amazed at just how many different types of Bonsai trees there are. It’s amazing to me the different shapes and sizes one can find these wonderful little treasures in. If you are considering getting into the Bonsai tree or if you just want one to brighten up a spot in your home I hope this list will help you pick the one that’s right for you. Often it will depend upon where you happen to live, the kind of space that you have where you live, how much time that you have to devote to your Bonsai and how much you are willing to spend.

Juniper Bonsai

The Juniper Bonsai is more than likely the most common and most recognized of all the Bonsai tree types. It was made extremely popular with the public some years back because of the movie called “The Karate Kid”.  Even though this particular type of Bonsai has been around for centuries, it took the movie for it to move into the public eye. In fact after the movie the little Juniper Bonsai quickly got nicknamed “The Karate Kid” Bonsai. This Bonsai has a true tree look and it can automatically give you the appearance of nature in miniature form. The love for pines in the Orient has been around for centuries and the Juniper is much loved as a Bonsai because it resembles the look of pine trees.

Very often, the Juniper Bonsai is the top choice for people to pick as their very first Bonsai tree that they will own. There are several different varieties of the Juniper but the two most popular ones and the easiest ones to grow are called the shimpaku and the procumbens nana varieties of Juniper Bonsai.

Azalea Bonsai

Probably the best know flowering Bonsai would be the Azalea Bonsai. Both the Kurume and the Satsuki hybrids from Japan are the more popular of all the Japanese Bonsai.  The colors and the color combinations of these plants are nearly endless which helps make them so popular. However, than can be difficult to grow in some areas especially in tropical areas because these little plants tend to be prone to getting fungus in hotter climates. Even though they normally have straight trunks as well as straight branches if they are wired up correctly they can be adapted to take on a variety of shapes and sizes.

Bamboo Bonsai

Bamboo Bonsai trees can be incredible in beauty but they can be extremely difficult to grow into a bonsai because of the way that bamboo grow. First off, bamboo, none of the 10,000 different species are trees, in fact they are in the grass family instead. Second, the bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet so it does make it kind of hard for you to control them in a small container.

Buttonwood Bonsai

The name buttonwood bonsai tree is just a common name because there are a variety of plants that have the common name “buttonwood”. It’s the mangrove tree that is quite popular to use as the Buttonwood Bonsai because of its driftwood quality of its wood. Often these trees are carved in order to look like extremely old trees. Often this kind of Bonsai tree will be collected from the wild because they will more than likely already have some age and character already present. It’s in the Florida Keys where you will find is the ideal environment to find this kind of a tree to use for a Bonsai.

Bougainvillea Bonsai

The Bougainvillea Bonsai is one of the fastest growing Bonsai with abundant blooms that loves heat and can tolerate cool weather as well. They are also very easy to take care. They come in a variety of plants including shrubs, vines and small trees. Each and every one of these have their own different kind of growth pattern which makes them each unique. Almost all of these types of Bonsai are equipped with spines some are worse than others so it’s important to be careful when you are pruning them.

Boxwood Bonsai

These Bonsai trees come from the big Buxus genus of broad leaf evergreens. Often we think of both pines and junipers but the Buxus broad leaf evergreen shrubs are ones that include the European, Chinese, Japanese and even Korean boxwoods. This Bonsai is often quite popular with beginners because of the small leaves and their hard wood trunks.

Black Olive Bonsai

No, this Bonsai is not in any way related to the Mediterranean olive tree. No one seems to really know where the name originated from except for maybe because the small flowers tiny seeds are olive shaped. It has a geometric growth pattern and is sometimes called “The Geometry Tree” which actually makes a lot more sense than the Black Olive Bonsai. Their native habitats are in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and in Cuba and are illegal for you to collect which means that you must go to a nursery to get starter plants.

Chinese Elm Bonsai

This is probably outside of the Juniper one of the favorites of all Bonsai growers all over the world. They are really popular with those who are beginners because they grow fast and are super easy to take care of. Even though the trunk of this tree grows really slow, the branches grow pretty fast. You can obtain a variety of different styles with these just with a little pruning. Another great feature about the Chinese Elm Bonsai is that it can be grown indoors or outdoors and it will do nicely in either environment. A lot of people let them grow indoors during the winter months and then put them outside during the spring and summer.

Carissa Bonsai

These trees are created from the Carissa macrocarpa grandiflora and they come in a lot of different varieties and are all really suitable to be used as Bonsai trees. The plant has a lot to offer because not only is it really easy to grow it offers fruit, small pretty leaves and really fragrant flowers. You can actually use the fruit from this tree to make jams and jellies. If you grow them outside you will want to be aware that birds absolutely love this little tree and will steal all your berries if you’re not careful.

This is just a few of the different Bonsai trees that are available to grow. I hope you will find this helpful for when you decide to go out and buy yourself a little Bonsai tree.

Nick

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