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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G for Gardenia

The Gardenia is smaller in comparison to Ficus and Eucalyptus, but it still has more than 100 species. Native to Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, it has gorgeous flowers against dark green leaves. In the wild, the foliage is usually large with broad leaves and fat blossoms. As a bonsai, you’ll have to learn how to keep these elements small with constant pruning. 

Technically, the genus consists of bushes and small trees. While they may not grow as tall as many other trees, we still develop them as bonsais. The flowers are stunning, and they give off a pleasant aroma. Some natives of the Pacific Islands even use them in organic products, but we won’t be doing that with our bonsais. For us, they’re purely ornamental so we can feast our eyes on them.

I’ll be honest, I never considered having a Gardenia as a bonsai tree until I started managing our Bonsai Alchemist website. It’s not really a bonsai I’ve seen much of in my area, but perhaps I need to widen my gaze. Although, I could do what I did with my azalea; buy a small bush/tree from my local shop and then transform it into a bonsai. I seem to have a knack for doing that.

Read if it’s possible to overwater a Gardenia!

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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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