Bonsai Tree Types – Selecting Between Them

You will come across various bonsai tree types and it may be a little overwhelming to choose between them. Familiarize yourself with the types to know which one attracts you the most and then buy. Bonsai purchase should never be an impulse decision but a well thought one. 

Some bonsai tree types

The following are the mot prominent bonsai tree types on the basis of the style they grow in: formal upright style, raft style, informal upright style, slant style, broom style, cascade style, literati style, multi trunk style, forest style, root-over-rock style and growing-in-a-rock style. Obviously since bonsai is an art the list of the types can go on indefinitely as every gardener can give his own unique style to the bonsai. Bonsai is a serious art and has spread across the whole globe thanks to the mesmerizing beauty that lies in the miniature plants. 

Another classification of bonsai tree types can be done on the basis of where they are kept i.e. indoor bonsai and outdoor bonsai. Those trees that are sensitive and vulnerable to outside climatic conditions are kept indoors and are classified as indoor bonsai plants. Those bonsai trees that are tough and can easily withstand changing weather conditions are classified as outdoor bonsai plants. Now whether you choose an outdoor bonsai or an indoor bonsai would depend on your lifestyle and the home you live in as a bonsai would need space whether indoors or outdoors. 

Bonsai Tree Types - Selecting Between Them
Bonsai Tree Types – Selecting Between Them

Bonsai tree types depend on the species of trees used to cultivate the bonsai. Maple, birch, bougainvillea, camellia, cedar, cypress, Chinese elm, junipers, jades, spruce, fir, desert rose etc are the most common bonsai types. Bonsai is not just a mere gardening; it goes a long way in relaxation and satisfying the creative urges in the person tending to the bonsai. The time and care that you give your bonsai helps create a wonderful bond that goes a long way in being a soothing therapy for the mind and soul. 

The formal upright bonsai tree types have the tree positioned straight up as the name suggests. They are comparatively easy to manage and maintain. The trunk grows vertically straight and the lower branches give a beautiful base to the tree and the tree has a narrow tip, somewhat growing like a pyramid. Pine and spruce are the best choices for this type of bonsai. 

The slant, semi cascade, cascade and windswept bonsai tree types have the bonsai slanting in various directions. These trees are high maintenance as the slant needs to be carefully monitored and doctored so as to not damage the plant due to the bent. The slope of the branches and the trunk create all the difference. Windswept gives the appearance of a tree that has just faced a strong wind and has flown accordingly in the other direction. Chinese elm is a good choice for this type.

Bonsai tree types are numerous and each more beautiful than the other. Now its all about choice and preference about the one you should choose. Take your time to research the types and take the one that catches your fancy, after all its going to be an important part of your life and home.