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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B for Bougainvillea

Many of you may think of the Bougainvillea as a vine or bush, but it’s actually quite popular as a bonsai tree. It’s native to most parts of South America, but you find them in many countries these days. What makes them delightful are the colorful bracts often mistaken for flowers. If you look between these specialized leaves, that’s where you’ll find the blossoms. 

The tricky part of handling a Bougainvillea bonsai is the thorny branch. When you do maintenance on your small tree, you have to wear gloves to ensure that the thorns don’t prick your skin open. Other than that, it’s one of the most beautiful genera to own with a shopping list of species to obtain. However, only two of them are widely grown as bonsai trees.

I’ve had two Bougainvilleas in my life. Both of them didn’t make it. While we have an extensive guide on it, I somehow have still not mastered the art of keeping these alive. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve watered too much, but I think the last one wasn’t fond of moving indoors to outdoors when spring started. It’s certainly challenging, but I won’t give up. This is how we learn.

Read how to care for a Bougainvillea bonsai tree here, and not how I did it!

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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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