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

U for Ulmus

You’ve finally reached the majestic Elm genus I mentioned before, swapping it from E to U. You’ve no doubt heard about the Chinese Elm, which is the most popular one to grow as a bonsai. The serrated leaves are stunning, and it also presents lovely flowers in the spring or in late summer, depending on how warm it is. 

There are about 40 species of Elm trees in the world, so you have more to choose from than simply the Chinese Elm. As a bonsai, they’re easy to keep small the more you prune and cultivate them. It’s one of the easiest to grow and propagate, and it just loves growing quickly in spring. This feature makes it ideal for beginner bonsai enthusiasts who want an easy tree to manage.

I have two Catlin Chinese Elms. The one is the parent bonsai I bought earlier this year from the Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery, which is a mature bonsai already. I read online that it’s easy to grow these species as a shohin, which means keeping them smaller than two inches. I managed to propagate a cutting, which now has roots and new leaves. It’s one of my successes I’m really proud of.

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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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Shaun M Jooste

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