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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Y for Yew

We’ve finally reached the majestic Yew genus. With only about 16 species still alive today, there are four species that have become extinct and are only known through fossil remains. Old religions used the Yew trees as part of their sacred beliefs, and many cultures used the wood to make bows. However, the seeds of the berries are highly poisonous, which is why it’s best not to eat them.

You’d be surprised how many people grow these trees as bonsais, specifically the Japanese Yew. As part of the Yew family in the Pine order, it’s prized for its stunning lanceolate leaves and beautiful berries. It may be challenging to train it in one of the popular bonsai styles, but it’s not impossible. You’ll find the Japanese Yew specifically in some bonsai museums and nurseries.

If you’ve been with Bonsai Alchemist for the year we’ve been around,  you’ll know how much we’ve covered the Japanese Yew. We have an ultimate care guide for it, and there are tons of related articles on the site with guides. I don’t have one as yet, but I plan on getting this bonsai tree as soon as possible. My local bonsai nursery has one in store for me until I can collect it. I’m excited!

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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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