Bonsai Today

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Tree guide

Prunus

You can propagate and create bonsai from cuttings and by grafting, especially with unusual and interesting species.  We are creating a slanting style bonsai with a mountain cherry: Prunus jamasakura SPECIES 1st – 3rd year Grafting February – March Grafting method Planting method Soil mix: Akadama 7 – Kiriyu 3 – charcoal 0.5 June –

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba.
The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch,

Weigela

Weigela florida may well be the most common and popular species along with its cultivars:W. ‘Foliis purpureis’, slower-growing dwarf form of compact habit with attractive purple-flushed leaves and pink flowers; ‘Variegata’, a form with compact habit and cream/white edged leaves; ‘Venusta’, a free flowering form, the flowers being a little

Celtis

The Celtis (Hackberry) originates from China and Taiwan and has a strong yet graceful trunk with neat oval leaves. In southern Europe, bonsai amateurs often grow the Celtis australis, but nurseries tend to import the Celtis sinensis, so we shall describe that variety here. This deciduous tree may reach 20

Carmona

Fukien tea Ehretia Buxifolia is a very common ‘supermarket’ bonsai also known in the bonsai world as Carmona microphylla. It is a nice shrub from the South China province of Fuijan. It’s an evergreen tropical tree, with a grey trunk, shiny, oval dark green leaves and, if you look closely,

Podocarpus

Podocarpus, or Chinese yew, Buddhist pine is a gymnosperm, a conifer of the Podocarpaceae family. More than 100 varieties live in the whole world. But for bonsai we are interested by Asian varieties. P. macrophylla or Chinensis is one of the most used for bonsai. But it’s not a dwarf

Chaenomeles

The quince is perhaps the only fruit and flower bearing tree with so many attractive qualities. The dramatic movement and the purple brown flaking bark of the trunk make it stand out from other deciduous trees. As a bonus, it grows a bright yellow pear-shaped fruit that ripens in winter.

Stewartia

Like a super artificial tree, the Stewartia shines with it’s copper bark and its delicate branches reaching up to the sky. Not much to style here, but oh it’s elegance and beauty! To be enjoyed all year through. The Stewartia monodelpha and S. pseudocamellia are native in Japan and China