Bonsai Oak Tree – From an Oak to This Art Form

Bonsai Oak Tree – Introduction

Enthusiasts of the bonsai often like to nurture trees that are suggestive of Japan; however the English Oak makes a beautiful bonsai. Common to a variety of climates and temperatures, the sturdy oak tree is much more tolerant than many plants people choose to bonsai. They thrive in soil conditions which cause others to wilt such as wet soil.

Bonsai oak tree is now common within bonsai culture and often recommended to beginners because of their tolerance and ease of maintenance.
Genus Ouercus, the Oak tree, is actually a classification which covers around 400 varieties of plant. Oak trees bear fruits and flowers as well as the acorn. They are sturdy and long lived, with some specimens in the Sherwood forests known to be over 1000 years old.

During spring is the best time for collecting specimens for bonsai. This is the time of year they are best able to recover from wear and tear as they are at their most hardy. Be careful however that you are collecting your specimen legally and not on protected public or private land without permission.

Bonsai Oak Tree - From an Oak to This Art Form
Bonsai Oak Tree – From an Oak to This Art Form

Be careful to maintain the integrity of the root system when you dig up the young tree you have chosen. The less harm you cause to the roots before pruning the more chance you have of success. Carefully wrap the roots to take the tree home.

Choosing an appropriate pot requires one which gives the roots a tiny space to grow up without enough room to grow excessively, and ensure that there is adequate drainage from the pot. Gently remove your wrapping and shake off any excess dirt (not into your carefully chosen bonsai soil – one which is chosen for its good drainage and soil quality). When trimming the root ball and branches the roots should end up a little bigger than the branches. Though the bonsai oak tree is the most tolerant of excess water in the soil, this is still the main cause of death among bonsai trees.

The White Oak, like the English Oak is a great selection for creating a bonsai oak tree. In its natural habitat it can reach in excess of 100 feet tall at maturity. However it responds well to the restrictions required to miniaturize it into a bonsai. The beautiful and ever-changing colors of the leaves are not lost in the bonsai oak tree. Consult a local expert such as the staff at your neighborhood gardening centre to catch hold of the sun/shade percentage requirements for the oak variety you have chosen.

The bonsai oak tree is greatly susceptible to disease and insect infestation than a lot of other varieties of bonsai. Over 200 species of insects live on some wild oak trees. Powdery mildew in summer can also be unsightly, as can oak scale. If you are prepared for these issues however, prevention and cure can be worked into your maintenance routine. So educate yourself on the issues which can occur in your type of bonsai oak tree before your purchase and increase your enjoyment of the art of bonsai.