Bonsai Trees- A work of Art:

Art has a funny way to display itself. It’s found everywhere; be it a canvas full of colors, journals filled with words, pictures projecting many emotions, nature or even growing tiny plants in a container. Yes, that’s right!

Bonsai, a Japanese art form is the art of growing, cultivating, and arranging plants in a container. It tends to project real-life size trees as miniature trees grown in a container. Now, you might wonder where this art-form comes from. Well, read on to find out everything you need to know about the art of Bonsai!

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Bonsai – Where does it come from?

Though it is called Japanese art-form, the origins of bonsai can be traced back to China. It comes from an ancient Chinese practice of penjing or penzai which used cultivation techniques to grow and produce miniature plants in trays, wooden plates and pots. How cool is that!

One might wonder why it is called Japanese art when it originated in China. Well, this is because Japanese were the ones who pursued this form of art and made it a part of Japanese tradition. Japanese Buddha students would often visit China in the 6th century and bring back Bonsai trees as souvenirs. Soon, it became part of the Japanese culture.

The Art of making a Bonsai Tree – Design your own Bonsai Tree

If you love art and if you love plants, building a Bonsai tree can be the ultimate therapeutic experience for you! Here is a quick guide to make your own miniature landscape:

Choosing the container:
When designing a bonsai trees, the first thing you must consider is the type of containers. Bonsai pots are mostly earthenware, either glazed or unglazed.

The containers for bonsai trees must fulfill a certain set of requirements:

  • The containers must have drainage holes and wiring for the trees to be fixed into the pot. These pots can be made of any material such as ceramic, concrete, plastic and certain metals. But a traditional bonsai pot is usually made of ceramic, porcelain.
  • The pot must be stone-burned, which is beneficial for absorbing water. This is essential for the tree’s growth.
  • The next thing to consider when choosing the pot is its shape and size. Make sure that the container syncs well with the color and the proportion of the bonsai tree. If a bonsai is to be placed in a square-shaped container, it will be best placed off the center. Here are some details about the size and types of Bonsai:

Choosing the correct size and types of Bonsai:

Bonsai Trees comes in a range of types and sizes:

Miniature bonsai:

 Commonly known as “Shohin”, the height of these miniature bonsai trees doesn’t exceed more than 2 inches. This type takes around 3-5 years to train.

Small sized bonsai:

This type is also referred to as “Mame”. Mame trees are 2-6 inches in height and take the longest time to train, i.e. five to ten years. Quite interesting isn’t it?

Regular sized bonsai:

These trees such as Mochi and Chiu are about 7 to 15 inches and thus can be produced in three years, give or take.

Large sized bonsai:
Dai bonsai are large sized trees growing as tall as 47 inches! They are quite heavy too.  These little trees take about three people to move. 

Main types of Bonsai- Which suits your best?

There are many types of bonsai trees that catch the eye, but some most popular ones are:

Dwarf jade:

These trees make great bonsai art if you are a beginner. They are great for keeping indoors; however they do require direct exposure to sunlight. Keeping Dwarf jade outdoors may not be the best idea because these little trees cannot survive in the cold.


Juniper belongs to the family of coniferous and shrubs. They are highly popular for two reasons; first due to their small foliage they are a perfect fit for a pot and second, they can bear a harsh environment while standing their ground easily. However, you must keep in mind juniper bonsai trees cannot be grown indoors. They must be kept in bright sunny light. 

Pinus/ pines:

Pines is another tree that suits best for bonsai art because of their hardy nature. Furthermore, they are trainable, which makes it easier to shape them in any bonsai style you like. The bark of these trees becomes scaly as they grow older. Also, they need to be in direct sunlight to grow.

Japanese Maple:

The Japanese maple also known as “Acer Palmatum” is the most artistic and colorful tree for bonsai art. They are popular because of their yellow, red and orange foliage. The bark of Japanese maple is initially green and reddish but changes to a brown, grayish color as it ages. If you plan on creating bonsai art with this beautiful tree, you might want to gear up to take extra care of it since it requires a lot of watering especially in the growing season. It is to be kept in mild sunlight and needs watering several times a day.

Prunus serrulata:

Prunus serrulata also known as a cherry tree is also a type of bonsai great for creating bonsai art. These beautiful trees not only project beauty but also represent friendship. Prunus make amazing bonsai trees! They are not only ornamental and beautiful but are also pliable and super easy to shape. However, as much as these cherry trees look aesthetic indoors, they are to be kept outdoors in natural sunlight.

Ficus Benjamina:

This tiny tree is a perfect choice when it comes to styling a bonsai. It has an umbrella-like canopy that looks super cute indoors. Also, the twisted roots create an amazing bonsai styling. It is a resilient tree with a hardy nature. Ficus benjamina or weeping fig as many would call it, is best kept indoors in partial sunlight.

Bonsai and symbolism:

Symbolism is found in bonsai art to describe the relationship of miniature trees with real life trees. It is astonishing how trees symbolize emotions and ideas. Every art has hidden meanings that are not seen through the naked eye. Similarly, different types of bonsai trees also have symbolic meaning. A bonsai tree may represent:

  • Balance: While Looking at a bonsai tree, the very first thing one notices is the balance in its marvelous presentation. The tree placed in a container is known to be the central point. Apart from the plums of leaves and blooming flowers, its curves and creases add to its effortless beauty.
  • Simplicity: the essence of Bonsai is in its simplicity. The simplistic aesthetic of a bonsai tree is a direct reflection of Japanese culture and traditions. As the Japanese lifestyle, from their homes to their business, revolves around simplicity and simple proceedings; Similarly, simplicity in bonsai is found in the tree design and the containers. It signifies that nature is free from needless ornamentation.
  • Growth: It is mesmerizing to see how nature can grow and adapt in all conditions, be it a forest or a small container. The Bonsai tree shows that everything tends to grow over time, and something amazing always comes around in life.
  • Hope: Hope is also a major meaning that can be derived from this form of art. What comes to your mind when you look at a tree filled with color and strong rooted branches that grip the ground, and that too in a tiny container? Doesn’t it give you hope? Bonsai shows hope in such an artsy way that no other form of art can. When one looks at a bonsai art, it gives them the feeling of hope and determination that with time everything will fall into place.

Symbolism and underlying meanings are embedded in bonsai art. Every detail has its own message. Bonsai trees genuinely lightens your pressure. In other words, it is therapeutic. It calms the mind and shows how important it is to see life optimistically. It allows you to think about the major things in life such as balance, growth, simplicity.

Bonsai artists aim to create and design bonsai trees in such a way that projects their ideas and emotions. It allows the viewer to see life in a unique way. It caters to things that actually matter in life!

Final Thoughts:

Bonsai art is a great way of understanding life’s deep meaning such as simplicity, balance, harmony, peace. The art of designing a bonsai tree requires devotion and determination, as it is sensitive and takes a lot of hard work to create this beautiful aesthetic piece of art. You must know how a tree is grown and what factors must be taken into consideration while designing bonsai. The whole process revolves around the physiology of shaping. Its symbolic reflection is what makes Bonsai a true piece of art.

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