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 Best Bonsai Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

Although there are numerous species of trees to consider when growing bonsai, if you want to get involved with this type of art form, chances are you want the best bonsai tree to work with for your region and personal preference. First, if you were just starting out, then we would recommend you consider the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree. Because this particular type of tree can stay indoors all year long, it looks like a houseplant and is easy to grow. However, keep in mind this is just one example of many trees that would be considered the best bonsai tree.

Another option would be the Ginseng Ficus, which is also called the Banyan Fig and Taiwan Ficus. This particular tree makes a great choice with its dark green leaves that will alternate up the stem and have more of an oval shape. The bark of this particular bonsai tree is a gray to reddish color that has small horizontal flecks that resemble the marks of a tiger. The trunks of the Ginseng Ficus are heavy and the aerial roots are exposed. This is thought of as the best bonsai tree by many because it is so hardy and very tolerant. However, this bonsai likes a good level of humidity so you will need a humidity tray on which to set the pot.

You might even look at the Willow Leaf Ficus, also considered one of the best bonsai trees for beginners. The other name is the Mexicana Ficus. No matter what you call it, this tree is beautiful with light green leaves that are elongated. In fact, many people say the leaves of the Willow Leaf Ficus resemble the weeping willing tree, thus the name. This tree does quite well with indoor conditions and in all levels of lighting. Typically, this tree looks best when groomed to about seven inches tall and again, a humidity tray is highly recommended.

Then another one of the best bonsai trees is the Dwarf Pomegranate, which is both popular and admired. In addition to being easy to grow, this species also produces magnificent fruit and flowers. You could compare the Dwarf Pomegranate bonsai to that of a full size pomegranate tree, just smaller. The leaves are the same shape, only a little finer and the fruit and flowers, smaller. If you want a smaller bonsai tree, this would be an excellent choice. During the blooming season, you will enjoy stunning yellow-orange colored trumpet style flowers and the trunk is naturally twisting that has a gnarled and ancient appearance.

Just remember, there is a long list of trees that would be considered among the best bonsai trees. In fact, just about any plant can be trained in the bonsai style, although it takes patience and dedication. Of the top, you want to focus your attention on Cypress, Pine, Azalea, Holly, Serissa, Fig, Cedar, Camelia, and of course, Pomegranate. Other trees that make excellent bonsai include Zelkova, Cherry, Beech, and Maple, although they typically require a little more work. Regardless of the tree you choose, once you have successfully mastered the process, we guarantee you will be hooked.
 

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