Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 1)

Jan 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Bonsai Trees

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 won’t write much about tree characteristics here, but will definitely write more on special care techniques for specific bonsai tree species later on.

This list of bonsai tree species is by no means comprehensive. As said in an earlier article – Suitable Tree Types for Bonsai, almost all trees can be used as bonsai trees, and here has only listed some of the tree species that are often used in bonsai. 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, do a google search to learn more about the tree characteristics such as suitable climate, common pest problems and such. You can also find more about care techniques and skills of some particular bonsai tree type here in Happy Bonsai.

Check here for more tree species commonly used for bonsai trees (Part 2).

Abies species (Fir) 杉樹
Bonsai Tree - Fir Bonsai Tree - Fir
Bougainvillea species (Bouganvillea) 簕杜鹃
Bonsai Tree - Bouganvillea Bonsai Tree - Bouganvillea
Buxus species (Box tree) 黄楊
Bonsai Tree - Buxus Box Tree Bonsai Tree - Buxus Box Tree
Carmona microphylla (Fukien Tea) 福建茶
Bonsai Tree -  Carmona Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree -  Carmona Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree -  Carmona Fukien Tea
Celtis sinensis (Chinese Hackberry) 朴樹
Bonsai Tree - Celtis Chinese Hackberry Bonsai Tree - Celtis Chinese Hackberry
Crassula species (Jade) 玉葉
Bonsai Tree - Crassula Jade Bonsai Tree - Crassula Jade
Eugenia uniflora. Linn. (Surinam Cherry, Red Brazil Cherry) 八角櫻桃
Bonsai Tree - Eugenia Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree - Eugenia Surinam Cherry
Ficus microcarpa (Chinese Banyan) 細葉榕
Bonsai Tree - Ficus Chinese Banyan Bonsai Tree - Ficus Chinese Banyan Bonsai Tree - Ficus Chinese Banyan
Glycosmis species 山桔
Bonsai Tree - Glycosmis Bonsai Tree - Glycosmis Bonsai Tree - Glycosmis
Ilex cornuta (Chinese Holly) 虎刺
Bonsai Tree - Ilex Chinese Holly

Check here for more tree species commonly used for bonsai trees (Part 2).

3 Comments to “Tree Species Commonly Used for Bonsai (Part 1)”

  1. Charlie says:

    I hope I can get my Fukien Tea to look at least a little like this one.

  2. Sandy Sandy says:

    Me too! We will, one day! haha!
    That’s the fun of bonsai I guess. It takes years of patience to grow our trees into what we want, while at the same time gives us all these years to improve our skills, techniques, as well as ourselves into a better person.

  3. Mary Shuck says:

    Thank you for the help you’ve provided for a hobby I’ve always wanted to try.

    Mary Shuck

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