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

Z for Zelkova

With only six species, the Zelkova genus is probably one of the smallest genera grown as bonsai. It’s actually part of the Elm family, and many people mistake them for elm trees for this reason. However, closer inspection will show you that the bark and leaves are quite different, and the branches don’t form the same way. Make sure that someone doesn’t tell you they’re selling you an elm when it’s a Zelkova instead.

Yes, Zelkova trees also make good bonsai trees, just as much as the elms. You’ll probably not see as many articles for them, as there are so few species to speak of. The Chinese Zelkova is probably just as popular as the Chinese Elm. You might want to have both in your collection so you can educate visitors to your display.

We don’t have any guides for the Zelkova bonsai as yet, but we’ll remedy that shortly. I’ve been more focused on my Chinese Elm this year, but now I want to get one of these trees too. They seem easy to care for, and just saying the name is fun and exotic.

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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