The A to Z of Bonsai Trees

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Welcome to our very first bonsai gallery. I’ve decided to kick it off with an A to Z of bonsai trees, showcasing various species and genera under the appropriate letter. In most cases, we’re covering trees we’ve already presented on our website, while others are simply ones that I like.

With so many names in the bonsai world, it was easy selecting which trees I wanted in my alphabetical list. Perhaps your list would have been different. Even so, I hope you’ll enjoy the images and content I put together for you to read.

Please stay until the end. There will be a poll on the last page asking which name on the A to Z bonsai tree list you enjoyed the most. It will be interesting to see which one comes out on top, and I might even publish the results if we receive enough responses.

Alright! Let’s get started with the first one!

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M for Maple

You might know the Acer genus name more, but many of us prefer to go by Maple. Of course, one of the most popular species to grow as a bonsai is the Japanese Maple. With 132 species in the genus, there are plenty more to turn into a small tree for your enjoyment. Even with the J. Maple, there are plenty of variants based on leaf color and shape.

One of the qualities that make this genus loved above others is the shape of the leaf, which you can find on so many iconic symbols. You may recognize it on the Canadian flag, for example. As a bonsai, you need to keep the leaves small for an outstanding effect and to impress your visitors.

I’ve killed a Japanese Maple once, and I’m not proud of it. I bought a small one because I wanted to raise a young one. It hibernated in my bonsai area during winter, and then I took it outside when spring arrived and it became warmer. I’m not sure if that’s the reason, but it died shortly after that. I have a new one now, slightly bigger, but still very young. New leaves appeared recently, but I’m not taking this one outside.

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And that’s it, folks! Which one was your favorite?

There you have it! It may have taken me a few hours to produce this alphabetical list of bonsai trees, but now you’re more educated than before. That means the world to me, sharing some knowledge so that it can continue to others. 

I want to know from you which is your favorite bonsai tree on this list. We have a poll here below where you can click your response and let us know. It’s completely anonymous, so you don’t have to worry about us stealing any information. If we receive enough votes, we’ll certainly share the details on social media.

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Shaun has two passions in life that combine into an extravagant show on Bonsai Alchemist. The one is for writing and the second bonsais. He’s been writing fantasy and horror novels since 2000, while also creating online content since 2015. He’s involved with writing for films and games. Finally, he’s also the owner of a book publishing company.

He received his first bonsai as a gift in 2009 and has been growing several species in his quiet home in South Africa. He prefers propagating new life instead of buying bonsais at the store. His son and daughter share his love for nature, while his wife stares on at her introverted hermit husband.

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