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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C for Camellia

The Camellia genus is mostly native to some parts of Asia, specifically Japan and the Himalayas. It’s an absolutely gorgeous tree with flowers that look like roses. Surprisingly, it’s actually in the Asterid clade and not even related to roses in the slightest way, except for being an angiosperm. The bright flowers attract the attention of your visitors and pollinators alike, putting on a delightful show.

As a bonsai tree, you’ll love growing a Camellia. They’re easy to maintain and grow and are fortunately not too fussy. There are almost 200 species in the genus, but only a few of them are popular as bonsais. You’ll look far and wide for the rare ones, but when you have them, you’ll treasure them for a long time. 

I have a Japanese Camellia tree in my rose garden. I planted it there about two years ago, and it’s almost taller than me now. It was knee-high when I bought it. My plan is to air-layer one of the lower branches I have allowed to grow high for this purpose. Once I succeed, I’ll have a brand new Camellia bonsai tree hopefully by next year. I’m so excited!

Learn how to prune Camellia bonsais the right way!

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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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