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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X for Xylosma

If this genus name is hard for you to say, you can try brushholly instead. As part of the willow family (Salicaceae), there are about 100 species in it. The name is derived from the unique scent you get when you smell the wood, which is also why people call it logwood. The wood and bark are usually dark, but some of the species are lighter. 

The flowers across the species in the genus are usually yellow and small, which makes Xylosma ideal for bonsai trees. The leaves are broad, and these trees are deciduous, which means you should expect them to drop in winter. You’ll have to prune the tree often in the growing season to make sure the foliage doesn’t become too large.

I didn’t know Xylosma was a tree name until today. When searching for a bonsai tree that started with X, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people actually have these species in their possession. I’ll have to see if they grow in our area or if anyone actually has samples for me. I would love to personally try my hand at cultivating them; at this rate, I might need a ranch for all the bonsais I intend to keep.

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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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