Suitable Species for Bonsai

As mentioned earlier, all trees and shrubs can be made into a bonsai. However, not all may give you the results you are looking for. As you already know, the major charm of a bonsai is capturing the elements of a large tree. Thus, using a tree with large leaves would defeat the goal of growing a bonsai. It may be possible to reduce the size of the leaves through leaf trimming. However, for trees with large leaves, leaf trimming will not get the leaves of the trees to an acceptable size for a bonsai.

The good news is that there are a lot of suitable species to choose from. You may not have to go somewhere else to find one, as they may be available in your backyard.

Below is a list of suitable species for bonsai.

· Red Maple

· Desert rose

· Cryptomeria Sugi

· Cupressus

· Common Quince

· Shrubby Cinquefoil

· Vine Maple

· Amur Maple

· Montpelier Maple

· Japanese Maple

· Sycamore Maple

· Alder

· Amelanchier

· Honey Locust

· Hibiscus

· Ampelopsis

· Fir

· Trident Maple

· Field Maple, Hedge Maple

· Camellia

· Carmona

· Hornbeam

· Strawberry tree

· Cedar

· Lebanon Cedar, Blue Atlas Cedar

· Hinoki Cypress

· Sawara Cypress

· Privet

· Sweetgum

· Eastern Juniper

· Crape myrtle, Indian Lilac

· Australian grape vine, Wild Grape, Kangaroo Vine

· Dogwood

· Smoke Tree

· Chinese Hackberry

· Flowering Quince

· Cypress

· Japanese Larch

· Shrubby Honeysuckles

· Barberry

· River Birch

· Bougainvillea

· Buxus

· Marijuana

· Jades

· Hawthorn

· Elaeagnus

· Enkianthus

· Brush cherries

· Wolfsmilk

· Spindle

· Fagus Beech

· Banyan

· Weeping Fig

· Fig tree, common fig

· Chinese Banyan Fig

· Willow-leaved Fig

· Ginkgo biloba

· Australian Silver Oak

· Ivy

· Holly

· Port Jackson Fig

· Dwarf orange

· Ash

· Fuchsia

· Gardenia

· Blue jacaranda

· Winter Jasmine

· Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

· Chinese Juniper, Shimpaku

· Blue Juniper

· Spanish Flag