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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F for Ficus

I’m sure you expected the Ficus genus to appear under F under my alphabetical list of bonsai trees. With about 850 species under its belt, many of them are preferred as bonsais. They’re easy to manage and maintain, and you’ll find them incredibly forgiving. The trees don’t mind if you miss watering them now and again, as long as you do some at some point in the week.

Any Ficus loves being indoors or outdoors. The fig trees come in many varieties and sizes, whether we’re talking about the size, leaves, fruit, or flowers. It’s one of the most versatile genera to use as a bonsai tree. You’ll also find it’s a popular selection in local shops, as it makes an excellent beginner bonsai.

And I would know. My first bonsai was a Ginseng ficus, which is the species we find the most in bonsai nurseries. Since then, I’ve grown an Australian small-leaf fig tree and Natal Ficus in my backyard. I’ve also managed to take a cutting of the latter and grow it in a glass terrarium. It truly is incredible how forgiving these trees are in most environments.

Read where to buy the best Ficus bonsai trees!

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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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