Types of Bonsai Trees
After looking through all the different types of bonsai trees, I think I’ve gone bonsai crazy. It’s highly addictive, especially at the end of the season. Plant sales are plenty and most garden tasks are complete. The more I look, the more types of bonsai trees I want to try. It seems that if its woody, you can bonsai it, and the choices are endless! Here are some of the more popular types of bonsai trees:
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Azalea Bonsai are gorgeous in bloom and a mighty popular type of bonsai tree, but requires some knowledge. Azaleas are picky about their conditions. They dont like it too cold, nor too hot, and direct sunlight can fade their flowers. I just bought one at the local Home Depot that is not hardy enough for our cold Chicago winters. SO! Do your homework and pick the right variety.
Boxwood Bonsai Tree
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Boxwood Bonsai trees are ideal for bonsai applications, super compact and adorable. Boxwood leaves are small and attractive as bonsai. Though its a relatively tough plant, protect it from too much hot sun and harsh cold winds. Boxwood Bonsai trees are slow growers, maybe too slow growing to be a satisfying bonsai.
Flowering Crab Apple Tree
Flowering Crab Apple Trees make great bonsai for year round interest. Gorgeous fragrant flowers in the spring and colorful crab apples in the fall. A sun loving tree needing good air flow, adequate water and some frost protection.
My Bonsai Collection.
I cant believe its only been a week since I created my first bonsai tree. By now ive got quite a collection of different types of bonsai trees just from the stuff I had here. Im looking forward in the coming months (years!) learning bonsai plant care.
Hughes Juniper Bonsai
My second attempt at bonsai was a 3 gallon Huges Juniper that I picked up for 5 bucks! Juniper seems the more common bonsai tree though it was a little more difficult to work with than the Cotoneaster Personally, I think this one is a little goofy looking, though this time I tried twisting the branches for added trunk interest in its future years. Junipers are easy to grow and provide year round evergreen attraction. Cold hardy to zone 4. Likes full sun or shade and requires little water. Protect from harsh winter winds.
Goldlace Juniper Bonsai
Goldlace Juniper Bonsai in a homemade wooden box. Much more compact than the Hughes Juniper, the Goldlace Juniper was much easier to manage. I only wired in one spot cuz it was doing pretty well on its own.
Weeping Willow Bonsai
Though it might take a while for this Weeping Willow Bonsai to actually look good, willows are very fast growers, keeping a prune happy bonsai fanatic entertained for months. This is a cutting from spring, so its still a baby in its first year.
Graceful flowing movement makes for a very nice bonsai. For the first few years, willows may need to be repotted often due to its fast growing nature and are said to grow upward as bonsai trees. I left this one to grow on its own for a little while seeing that the wood is still extremely pliable. And since I did a lot of damage digging this little guy out, its probably a good idea to leave him alone for a while. Over on the right is what a good looking weeping willow bonsai looks like. Of course that’s with 10 years of training by a skilled pro.
If you have a collection of all different types of bonsai trees, add your comment and link us to your photos! Id love to see them.
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