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What Is A Bonsai Tree?


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A bonsai tree is a miniature tree. It requires constant care that demands an ever evolving process. A bonsai tree is often referred to as a living miniature tree. A common misconception related to bonsai trees is that they are actually dwarf trees. Not so. It is only through careful manipulation and planning that a bonsai gardener can cause a normal tree to stay a tiny tree.

In ancient times, the shaping of bonsai trees was more about sculpting these small tree trunks into the forms of animals or mystic figures. Originating in China, the practice of cultivating bonsai trees quickly spread to Japan. Today, Japan is most responsible for the increased popularity of Bonsai. Note that in earlier years, the containers they used were quite large in comparison to modern day bonsai tree containers.

As stated earlier, bonsai trees are not inherently miniaturized; in other words, you cannot find a seed that will produce a dwarfed tree. But herein lies the challenge of bonsai. If you are clever enough and patient enough, you can take almost any tree and create a bonsai tree. This artistic miracle is achieved by manipulating the tree’s habitat through pot confinement and pruning. Which tree you choose to use is dependant on what you are looking for in a bonsai tree. Some species of trees are more sought after than others because of their natural characteristics that make them better suited to particular design arrangements.
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A quick clarification is needed now. To say "Bonsai" often conjures up an image of a tree in a tray, but shrubs are included as well. Many an interesting variation in beauty displayed by bonsai is accomplished by species of shrubs as well as trees.

It takes much time, care and pruning to create a bonsai tree. Techniques can be as simple as pruning the leaves and roots and using wires to direct the trunk in forming a shape and keeping it small. Caring for a bonsai tree is a concentrated art form which demands great sensitivity. The confined space alone can make it difficult to care for your miniature tree. Sometimes bonsai gardeners rate their challenges the same as someone building a ship in a bottle.

Bonsai trees are a great novelty item because of their size. They make unusual conversation pieces. They can be shaped to your own design. Usually a well-crafted bonsai tree will increase in value with age. So, with a little research on their care and how to assure the miniaturization and shaping process, you can have your own bonsai tree. As with many other forms of horticulture, it does require attention to thrive. To master bonsai can mean mastering yourself.


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D.C. hosts bonsai festival in May - Farm and Dairy - Farm and Dairy
Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017


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D.C. hosts bonsai festival in May - Farm and Dairy
Farm and Dairy
The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum will host a World Bonsai Day Festival May 12 to 14.

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Home + Garden Digest: Bonsai club to host annual exhibition - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017


Home + Garden Digest: Bonsai club to host annual exhibition
Santa Cruz Sentinel
WATSONVILLE >> The Watsonville Bonsai Club will host its 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St. The event will include a variety of ancient trees, large and small ...

PEARL CITY BONSAI CLUB ANNUAL BONSAI EXHIBIT AND PLANT FAIR - MyPearlCity
Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017


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PEARL CITY BONSAI CLUB ANNUAL BONSAI EXHIBIT AND PLANT FAIR
MyPearlCity
Open invitation. View some of the most beautiful and exotic bonsai trees on Oahu. View also a Suiseki (rock garden) display. Local bonsai-ists will be available to answer your questions on bonsai; and a fact sheet on basic bonsai care is free. Observe ...

Living Art: Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai holds annual exhibit - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Thursday April 06, 2017


Santa Cruz Sentinel

Living Art: Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai holds annual exhibit
Santa Cruz Sentinel
When a painter dabs the canvas with a final splash of color, she can sign her name and call that painting done. When a bonsai artist shakes the dirt off a root ball, clips a leaf and wires the branches just so, he's bitten off an artistic project that ...

Spring Bonsai Show this weekend in Chico - Chico Enterprise-Record
Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017


Spring Bonsai Show this weekend in Chico
Chico Enterprise-Record
Chico Bonsai Society will host its annual Spring Bonsai Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Chico Area Recreation District Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. Check out the display of Bonsai trees and watch demonstrations to learn how they are styled to ...



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