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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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New Horizons celebrates anniversary in Bonsai Garden - TCPalm
Posted on Monday April 24, 2017


TCPalm

New Horizons celebrates anniversary in Bonsai Garden
TCPalm
The nonprofit agency held the reception and fashion show in the James Smith Bonsai Garden, which boasts the largest tropical bonsai collection in North America. The garden was illuminated with a thousand little lights as guests were served hors d ...

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 ...

Bonsai art focus of library program - Destin Log
Posted on Tuesday April 11, 2017


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 ...

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 29th Annual Exhibit - Aptos Times
Posted on Tuesday April 04, 2017


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 ...

Learn the Art of Bonsai From 9GreenBox.com - Producing Lavish ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Posted on Monday April 17, 2017


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Learn the Art of Bonsai From 9GreenBox.com - Producing Lavish ...
PR Newswire (press release)
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Bonsai" is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word "penzai', meaning "tray planting." Bonsai ...

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