Bonsai Trees

Ever Seen a Red-Leaved Buddhist Pine Before?

Jun 21st, 2011 | By
Ever Seen a Red-Leaved Buddhist Pine Before?

Have you come across a Podocarpus macrophyllus (aka Buddhist Pine, 羅漢松 in Chinese) with red leaves? While most Buddhist Pines only have leaves in green, the Buddhist Pine in Hainan Island has Buddhist Pine with red leaves. New foliage of most Podocarpus macrophyllus comes in a light green color that gets darker as time passes
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Buddhist Pine

Jun 14th, 2011 | By
Buddhist Pine

Podocarpus macrophyllus is one of the first few bonsai tree species that I learned about when I first put my feet in the bonsai world. Podocarpus macrophyllus is native to China and Japan. While the tree is called Kasamaki or Inumaki in Japanese, Podocarpus macrophyllus is also commonly called as Buddhist Pine, a literal translation of the tree’s Chinese name – Luo Han Song (羅漢松).



Elaeagnus – The Silverberry

Apr 19th, 2011 | By
Elaeagnus – The Silverberry

I have two rooted Elaeagnus conferta (胡颓子in Chinese) on my bonsai table. I have never given them much thought, but only until recently, my interest in this tree aroused when I saw a beautiful twin trunk Elaeagnus conferta in the bonsai collection of Mr. Wu Cheng-Fa, Chairman of Hong Kong Penjing and Artstone Society.



Bonsai Tree Species for Mini Bonsai

Apr 1st, 2010 | By
Bonsai Tree Species for Mini Bonsai

Many of us wonder what tree species we should use for our mame bonsai and shohin bonsai. While some species are more difficult to train as mame bonsai or shohin bonsai than others, I would say that most type of tree that are used for regular bonsai is also suitable for mame and shohin bonsai.
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Suitable Tree Types for Bonsai

Feb 1st, 2010 | By
Suitable Tree Types for Bonsai

Many people, especially bonsai beginners, wonder what types of tree are suitable for bonsai, and which types of bonsai tree they should buy. When I first started bonsai gardening, I had the same questions about bonsai trees for my bonsai teacher as well. And very soon, I learned that there is actually no tree type
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Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 1)

Jan 14th, 2010 | By
Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 1)

Here is a list of the tree species that are commonly used for bonsai trees. As you notice, I have only put the Latin scientific name, common name, Chinese name, and photos of each bonsai tree type listed. There is a lot of information about the characteristics of these tree types available online. Hence, I
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Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 2)

Jan 13th, 2010 | By
Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 2)

As said in part 1, I would suggest you to first check out this list and find the tree species that you are interested in growing as a bonsai tree. Then, learn more about the tree characteristics such as suitable climate, common pest problems and such. In  addition, there are more articles on bonsai tips
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