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Types Of Bonsai Trees

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Formal Upright, Cascade, Windswept... which one matches you!
Bonsai trees are great addition to any one's home. They are accent pieces that would enhance anyone's decor. They make great conversation pieces... they are small enough to be placed just about anywhere and they are unique combinations of Nature and Craft!

There are many types of Bonsai trees that range from indoors to outdoors to uprights and slants. Choosing the one that is right for you may depend upon where you live, your sense of beauty, and the look you are hoping to realize. As long as you possess the time and dedication needed to take care of these tiny trees, you will do well.

One of the most recommended kinds of Bonsai trees is the Formal Upright. It's shape is basic in form and the easiest to take care of. As the name implies, Formal Upright is a vertical tree that is balanced nicely. The lower branches create a base from which the tree grows straight to a narrowing tip. Species of Pine and Spruce, among others, are the best types of trees to make a Formal Upright. The Informal Upright is similar with one noticeable variation from the Formal. While it is also vertical, the top branch bends a little forward at the top. The Japanese Maple and Beech tree varieties make good Informal Uprights.

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Other styles of Bonsai trees include the Slant, Cascade, Semi Cascade, and Windswept. The Slant is another type of bonsai tree whose name reflects its attributes. The tree slants one way and the lower branch slants the other way. Most trees can be grown in this manner, but be careful. Bonsai trees are usually about balance, you do not want to get a tree that looks like it will fall over.

The Cascade varieties are named for their sloping effect. The Semi Cascade is similar to the Cascade with the only real difference being that the slope of the trunk is more gradual. And the Windswept is named for their having looked like the wind blew through them, much like someone's long hair blowing in the wind.

Bonsai trees can also be differentiated as being indoor and outdoor Bonsai. The Indoor Bonsai makes a great shower or office party gift. Generally the ficus trees or a baby jade are great indoor types of Bonsai trees. The Outdoor Bonsai are kept outside, for they are not house plants. They can be brought inside for special displays, but only for a few days. Outdoor bonsai are split further into the categories of evergreens and deciduous trees. The Juniper is an evergreen that is easily trained and rarely fails to look good.

There are many types of Bonsai trees to experiment with. Which one(s) you choose depends upon your personal style as well as the time and effort you have to put into it.

News About Bonsai Trees

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Living Art: Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai holds annual exhibit
Santa Cruz Sentinel
“You have to realize that a tree is always growing, so it's always changing,” said Robert Stoll, a founding member of Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai, which has been promoting and teaching the art bonsai for nearly 30 years. “Bonsai is an art, which is what ...

Aptos Times

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 29th Annual Exhibit
Aptos Times
Bonsai Kai Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.com The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The beautifully exhibited trees may be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and are the product ...


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 ...

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 ...

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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The #1 Online Bonsai Retailer Bonsai Outlet Announces the ...
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BonsaiOutlet.com is significantly expanding their operations through the purchase of the well-respected bonsai nursery New England Bonsai Gardens. In just a ...

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Oklahoma City area home and garden notes
Central Oklahoma Bonsai Society, 7 p.m. May 9, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is "Fertilizing Bonsai Trees" by Keith Warren. Visitors welcome. Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society, 6 p.m. May 19, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 ...

Destin Log

Bonsai art focus of library program
Destin Log
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library invited the public to experience the Art of Bonsai recently at the Destin Library. Rosemarie Voelker, a trustee of the Bonsai Society of Florida, introduced the history of Bonsai trees and explained how to create ...

The Japan News

Intl bonsai convention back in Japan after 28 yrs
The Japan News
Masahiko Kimura, executive director of Nippon Bonsai Association in Japan, gave a demonstration of his techniques. During the four-day event through Sunday, bonsai demonstrations by artists from Japan and abroad will take place. Bonsai trees that are ...
VOX POPULI: If only we could be as calm and collected as a work of ...Asahi Shimbun

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Tiny trees
Chico News & Review
The Chico Bonsai Society has been helping foster an appreciation for the ancient Japanese horticultural art form—and teaching the skills necessary for locals to grow their own bonsai—since 1976. The group's president, Chuck Coate (pictured on right ...

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