Rhododendron fastigiatum
Bonsai Tree Species Sorted by Common Name

Most of us recognise plants by their common name. Often when we buy plants they are slod to use using their common names. Unfortunately, plant names vary from country to and in-fact from region to region, and may be called one name in one area and something else in a another.

This section of the species guide presents plants by their Common name. Use the common name links and to help identify the scientific plant you have. You will find that often there are more than one plant with the same name. In which case follow the link and use the plant ID section to further identify your plant. Check ot things like leaf, flower, and bark details for a more accurate indentification.



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1 Acer Ginnala

Acer ginnala

A small tree to 10 meters tall with narrow compact crown and cultivated in many parts of Europe and North America as a Boulevard tree for its gray bark, reddish brown twigs, light to lemon coloured spring foliage and flamboyant red autumn foliage. All the characteristics which make it a Bonsai which is appreciated through out the year.


2 Albertina Spruce

Picea glauca Albertina

A Popular Tree in American Gardens the Dwarf Alberta spruce trees may eventually reach 12' in height, but only over a long period of time as it just grows between 2"-4" per year. They have a classic "Christmas tree" shape. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look. They make lovely Bonsai.


3 Aleppo Pine

Pinus halepensis

The Aleppo Pine is native to the Mediterranean region, growing from sea level to about 200 meter. It is closely related to the Canary Island Pines and Turkish Pine. Its resin is used for chewing and in curing Greek wine.


4 Amur Maple

Acer ginnala

A small tree to 10 meters tall with narrow compact crown and cultivated in many parts of Europe and North America as a Boulevard tree for its gray bark, reddish brown twigs, light to lemon coloured spring foliage and flamboyant red autumn foliage. All the characteristics which make it a Bonsai which is appreciated through out the year.


5 Ash

Fraxinus excelsior

Common Ash is a broad, spreading, deciduous tree, capable of reaching 100 feet, native to most of Southern Europe including Britain. Large Ash leaves and its heavy coarse branches make Ash suitable for only larger sized bonsai.


6 Assam Rubber

Ficus elastica

Ficus elastica is native to the a vast tract of East Asia, from North-east India, to Java, where it does well in wet forest lands, where winter temperature do not fall below 10C and rainfall and humidity are extremely high. It starts it life as an epiphyte, eventually strangling the host tree and going on to be a giant tree itself. It produces aerial roots that hang down wards from branches, and help support long heavy branches and often forms new trunks themselves, often the original truck is long lost. It takes easily to being a Bonsai but has uniquely large leaves even they do reduce quite considerably with the Bonsai process.


7 Atlas Cedrus

Cedrus atlantica

A close relative of the cedar of Lebanon, the Atlas cedar's bluish tinge and ascending branches help to differentiate it from other cedars. Allow plenty of space for proper development. Dark green needles and cones, which are held upright above the foliage, add to the impressive appearance. Young specimens retain a pyramidal shape but the tree takes on a more open form with age.


8 Azalea

Rhododendron indicum

It is an evergreen which in the wild grows as a small shrub (up to six feet). There are hundreds of azalea cultivars. The azalea used to be considered a separate genus from the rhododendron, but has recently been reclassified.


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