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!

a to z bonsai gallery

Q for Quercus

While Q may have been a challenging letter for other categories, Quercus was the obvious answer for an alphabetical list of bonsai trees. It’s the genus that holds the mighty oak trees, which are prized in the bonsai community. There are been so much lore and mysticism around these magnificent trees, dating back to B.C. times in sacred circles.

You’ll love having an oak tree as a bonsai. They have these unique lobed leaves that make them fascinating to behold, while you’ll also love the acorns that form. If you have wild squirrels in your area, you’ll probably see them investigating your oak bonsais outsides if they’re bearing seeds. This genus is spectacular to look at and simply be around.

I tried growing an oak tree once from an acorn. I visited the Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, now called the Company Gardens. There’s an avenue of English and Turkey oak trees overhanging the lane. I took a few Turkey oak acorns and tried to germinate them. Some went moldy, while others just didn’t open. Only one made it, which I grew into a seedling before deciding to plant it in my backyard. It didn’t like it at all. I’ll have to try again one day.

a to z bonsai gallery

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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