Posts categorised: Species

Ficus fantastic

If you are looking for a superb tropical bonsai to keep indoors in the UK you cannot go far wrong with a Ficus, they are great and provide all year round interest and green in the home. They are also commonly used on Office environments to bring the outside inside and provide a pleasant and… Read more »

Pyrus pyrifolia as bonsai

This one is new for 2014, I have not seen a Pyrus pyrifolia before which is commonly called ‘Nashi’ or the Asian Pear as well as Korean pear, Chinese pear, Japanese pear, Apple pear and Sand pear. The flowers are a symbol of early spring and the tree is commonly found across Asia. The fruits… Read more »

A-Z of Tropical bonsai (Indoor bonsai)

If you are looking to keep bonsai but do not have space outside or just want to keep a bonsai tree inside then look no further than at tropical bonsai tree species as these need warmer growing conditions and are ideal to keep indoors.

Callicarpa as bonsai

This time of year the Callicarpa is in it’s element with bright luminescent purple berries on the winter leafless tracery of delicate branches.

Berchemia as bonsai

This is a very unusual species of tree to use as a bonsai and is from the Rhamnacea family. It is named after the Dutch botanist Berthout van Berchem and has some great characteristics that lend themselves to bonsai.

A-Z of Outdoor bonsai trees

Here is a quick photographic A-Z of outdoor bonsai trees currently available from Hoka-en Bonsai Studio and Lodder Bonsai bv that we saw on our recent trip showing you the shear diversity of what is now available including some of the new stock that has just arrived.

Colourful Cornus bonsai

In Winter the stunning new vibrant shoots of the Cornus or commonly known Dogwood shrub can brighten up your day as they are just radiant. They come in a range of colours and for fun I have created my very own rainbow bonsai group using Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Red), Cornus sang ‘Winter beauty’ (Orange), Cornus… Read more »

Stewartia as bonsai

Stewartia trees are part of the Theaceae family alongside Camellia and have beautiful flowers; usually white with a mass of golden stamens that bloom in early summer and the flowers are bisexual. They are renowned for their decorative bark that flakes with age and leaves a mottled pattern on the trunk.

Two needle pines

Some of the two needle pines are commonly used as bonsai and include Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora), Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo) and Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii). They all have unique and distinct differences in their form and foliage making for quite dramatic and impressive bonsai trees in their own rights.

Types of Pines

The Pine family (Pinaceae) is quite extensive with a range of species and genera including Abies, Cedrus, Keteleeria, Larix, Picea, Pinus, Pseudolarix, Pseudotsuga and Tsuga. Pines are softwood trees and are classified into groups dependent on the number of needles they have.