Have you ever cultivated a Bonsai tree? Bonsai trees are simply awesome home-landscapers. They look marvelous, they fit in every corner of your house, they encourage patience and dedication, they relieve stress, and they finally they purify the air. Is there anything not to like about them?
For those who see a Bonsai tree for the first time, we say that people have been caring for these miniature trees for over 1,000 years. This unique ancient horticultural practice originated in China, where it was known as penzai, and it was later “redeveloped” under the influence of the Japanese Zen Buddhism.
These tree-like plants are kept dwarfed due to growth-restricting techniques such as:
- pinching buds
- pruning and wiring branches
- restricted use of fertilizers.
It is obviously a very delicate and prolonged process, but those who persevere in it are rewarded with something amazing!
Here is our expert choice of the 11 most beautiful Bonsai tree arrangements ever:
1. Maple Bonsai tree
The Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) is originally from Japan, China and Korea. It owes its botanical name to the hand-shaped leaves with [in most cases] 5 pointed lobes (palma is the Latin word for the palm of hand). The bark of younger trees is normally green or reddish, and it turns light-grey or grayish-brown with aging.
The greenish-yellow flowers stand in clusters, and appear in May – June. They develop into maple seeds shaped as little paired winged nuts, which float to the ground like propellers when mature.
There are countless cultivars of the Japanese Maple with manifold leaf colors and shapes and diverse habits and sizes. They have become extremely popular as ornamental shrubs. The young shoots in spring have orange, yellowish, or even bright-red leaves.
2. A Bonsai tree over 800 years old
3. Wisteria Bonsai tree
The wisteria is known for its stunning flowers (long, cascading racemes, which are usually blue or purple). These grow in the spring once the tree is about 12 years old. Leaf size can be reduced, but the flowerings cannot, so it is sometimes leading to out-of-proportion trees.
A wisteria does best as a relatively large-sized Bonsai. And for Bonsai purposes, the most commonly used Wisteria is the Floribunda (or the Japanese Wisteria) and the Sinensis (or the Chinese Wisteria).
4. This 390-year-old Bonsai Tree survived Hiroshima atomic bombs!
It went through the atomic bomb horror, and it still looks amazing. The resilience of this tiny little tree is breath taking! It looks like the atomic bomb “mushroom” itself, doesn’t it?
5. Bonsai forest or a group planting
Although Bonsai are often planted solitary, trees in nature are more commonly found in groups. Creating a Bonsai forest (or group planting) requires an odd number of trees (that is, in case only a few trees are used, to provide asymmetry), usually belonging to the same botanical family. The spring season is the best time of year to create a group planting.
6. Azalea Bonsai tree (Rhododendron)
The Rhododendron genus contains about 1000 species, of which especially the Satsuki (Rhododendron indicum) and Kurume azalea (Rhododendron kiusianum and Rhododendron kaempferi) are commonly used for Bonsai cultivating.
7. Apple Bonsai tree
That is the tiniest apple tree you have ever seen, right? Well, many people feel attracted by apple trees because they have nice childhood memories of climbing apple fruit trees in the countryside, or picking apples in their parents’ backyard.
Almost everybody likes to eat apples, apple pie and apple sauce. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! The seasonal changes of an apple Bonsai tree over the year are a joyous spectacle to watch. With all this positive experience in mind, the fascination of a miniature apple tree in a Bonsai pot is very strong, and even people who have no interest in Bonsai will be quite excited.
This specimen was acquired at a Bonsai nursery in February 2010. It was imported from Spain and considered good material for a reasonable price. The movement of the trunk was very nice and all the scars and knobs looked typical for an old apple tree in an ordinary orchard!
8. Hobbit Hole Bonsai tree
Bonsai master Chris Guise combined his green thumb with his love for The Hobbit to create a miniature Bonsai Hobbit hole fit for The Lord of the Rings! The teeny tiny Bag End Bonsai is fit for Frodo Baggins himself, and it’s nestled against one of Guise’s ‘signature plants.’
9. Not an average Bonsai tree
This one is at Fairy Lake on Vancouver Island, Canada
10. Chile Bonsai tree
What can be more creative and versatile hobby and art than growing a chile pepper from a seed to a bonsai chile tree? That’s what you can call your own creation! Use all techniques available, growing thick stems, bending branches, adding stones, moss etc. and of course, trimming roots, leaves and stems just the way you like them.
At first, you might think that “It takes too long for my patience to do that!“, but it’s actually very fast project. The best of all, you can choose ANY from thousands of completely different chile varieties to start your own chile bonsai project, truly from a seed!
11. Sakura Bonsai tree (Cherry blossom Bonsai)
In Japan’s Nara period (from year 710 to year 794) a tradition began of watching and appreciating the cherry blossom. The short period in which the cherries bloom has become a national obsession, and it is a period of great importance to Japanese people. Needless to say, many cherry blossom Bonsai trees are kept in Japan.
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