An evergreen shrub growing between 3 and 4 m tall, with weak trailing stems and palmately compound leaves. It is as popular a house plant as it is a Bonsai. In the UK it is not as common as a Bonsai which is a shame really as it is really quite robust in our indoor living conditions tolerating low light and to some extent even dry draughty conditions.
A deciduous small tree to twenty feet, with clusters of white flowers in mid-spring, small red berries in autumn, lasting to late winter. The small leaves are divided into three to seven lobes. The branches have stout spines, and the trunk has pale gray, flacky to gnarled bark. Is a popular Bonsai species and easily available.
The Coryulus avellana is native to Europe and Western Asia, from the British Isles south to Iberia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. More a shrub than a tree its cultivated for its Nuts (Hazel Nuts or Cob nuts) and is common in hedges and is often coppiced and its 'pole' used in agricultral fences and gates.
The Acer campestre is a native of the British Isle and is a medium sized hardy deciduous tree suitable for smaller gardens. Their palmate shaped leafs, with attractive lemon yellow spring colour and golden yellow autumn colour, striking stem and bark colours and shallow fibrous root systems make this species a attractive and robust bonsai with all year features. It is very popular as a Bonsai in Europe.
Indian Horse Chestnut is of common along the Western Himalayan Low-lands between 2,000 and 3,000 metres. It is an attractive tree with plentiful white blossoms during May and June. The leaves are also ornamental and form a beautiful canopy. In the British Isles it is popular in many parks and estates where it was in introduced in the mid 19th. It is a deciduous Tree, growing to 25m, growing in moist well drained soils. Because of its large leaves and stalks it is best suited to large sized Bonsai.
Though not native to Britain it has been grown in gardens and parks. Now days it is quite frequently found growing wild, possible through bird droppings and wind/water dispersal. Found in scrubby grounds, forestry ridges and often well up the hillside. As a Bonsai it makes excellent specimens is easy to cultivate and offers year around features, soft foliage in spring followed by flushes of white flowers and fruits in autumns, foliages turns a lovely red brown in autumn/winter and berries stay on long into the winter.
One of Britain's native deciduous trees, the common hornbeam, which is commonly mistaken with the common beech. Often planted in hedge rows, and as a forest tree it has very close grained, durable hard wood; used in flooring and furniture. A favourite as Bonsai it makes excellent Bonsai of all sizes and styles.
Introduced to the British Isles in the 17th Century, it is a deciduous Tree, growing to 45m and is priced for its flowers and conkers. It is a hardy but frost tender tree, which flowers in May. It has both Male and Female Flowers on the same tree and can be grown in moist well drained soils in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It tolerates high winds and atmospheric pollution and hence is often planted along city roads. Because of its large leaves and stalks it is best suited to large sized Bonsai.