Best Indoor Bonsai Trees

Best Indoor Bonsai Trees


Indoor Bonsai Trees

There are various kinds of bonsai tree available to buy and to display. Some people will have differing opinions as to what makes the best indoor bonsai tree. There follows brief lowdowns on some of the most popular indoor bonsai trees including the Willow leaf, the Jade, and also the Chinese Elm bonsai tree.


Willow Leaf Ficus Bonsai Tree

As a type of bonsai tree the Willow leaf ficus offers good features including long light green leaves, and also for having a longer trunk than other types of bonsai. It was given it’s name as gardeners mentioned that it’s leaves meaning that it looked similar to a weeping willow tree.

Depending on how warm it is during the spring and summer months it is best to move the Willow Leaf bonsai outside and being it back inside during fall and winter.


Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree

This bonsai tree type originates as it name suggests from Hawaii. It is therefore best in a higher temperature environment and should be protected from low temperatures. Unlike other types of bonsai, it’s leaves grow quite quickly so extra pruning is often required. If you live in warmer climates then this type can be left outside providing there is no risk of frost at night.


The Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree

Perhaps the most important thing about the Chinese Elm bonsai tree is that this type of tree is the most commonly owned type of indoor bonsai. It is considered to be easy to care for this plant and that helps to explain why many people buy it to be the first indoor bonsai tree within their homes.

The Chinese Elm is quick growing and has small leaves, it is rugged and can last for years of cared for properly. This type is cheap and still looks the part, no wonder people start bonsai collections with it.


Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree

The most notable feature of the Fukien Tea type of bonsai tree is that it is a common type of bonsai throughout Asia and also in Australia as well. The Fukien has dark green leaves and it produces berries and sometimes flowers. That feature means that the Fukien Tea is a popular type among people that buy and display indoor bonsai trees within their homes.


Jade Bonsai Tree

Now the Jade bonsai tree is a type that originated in Africa. It does not usually flower unless it has been deprived of water. It does produce white flowers, and as it ages the trunk turns from green to red in color. It is best to keep indoors and to water sparingly.


After reviewing the popular types of bonsai trees it was decided that the best indoor variety was the Chinese Elm bonsai tree. That decision was reached as this variety had certain advantages when compared to the other trees it was compared with. It is easy to care for this type of bonsai, and it is not time consuming to do so. The Chinese Elm also looks impressive and makes for an attractive indoor plant.

Different Kinds Of Bonsai Trees

Different Kinds Of Bonsai Trees


Bonsai Trees

Contrary to popular belief, bonsai trees are not genetically dwarfed. They are just plants that are grown under certain conditions to ensure that they do not become so big. They comprise of a wide variety of trees. Each tree species has its specific requirements for growth, from the cultivation to care. There are different types of bonsai trees: indoor and outdoor.


Indoor bonsai trees

Unlike many other house plants, most bonsai species are meant to grow outside. They require ample and direct sunlight to grow and flourish. However, some species can tolerate indoor conditions, which makes them top the list of favorites when you want to get the house or office decorations. These trees are tropical or subtropical, meaning they need consistently high temperatures and high humidity all year round. Getting enough light can be difficult, but can be achieved with artificial light. Examples of suitable indoor bonsai trees are Ficus and Umbrella.


Ficus bonsai trees

Despite having very many species, two species are most appropriate to grow as they don’t require much maintenance and care. One of them is the Ficus benjamina, which is a fast-growing and evergreen tree. It also has lush foliage with fascinating roots. With between 800 and 2000 species, this tree is the most popular type of bonsai tree.

The other species is the ficus neriifolia. It is a willow-leafed tree that has thin leaves. They also have a substantial root spread.


Umbrella bonsai trees

This is another famous evergreen bonsai tree. It also has other names such as the Parasol plant or the Octopus tree. Its umbrella appearance makes it look great in a bonsai pot.

Also known as Schefflera arboricola, the umbrella bonsai buds back on old and worn out wood. Therefore, they require heavy pruning to achieve the desired shape. However, many people do not prefer them since they do not develop an entire woody trunk.


Outdoor bonsai trees

Many are the tree varieties that require to be kept on the outside and experience all four seasons. They, therefore, cannot do very well when place in the house. Outdoor bonsai trees have dormancy periods in the winter and these dormancy periods cannot be achieved indoors. Their care and maintenance are also different from indoor potted plants. This includes frequent watering and fertilizer addition. Some of the most favorite outdoor bonsai include Japanese Maple and Juniper.


Japanese maple bonsai trees

They are highly recommended, especially to those people who are just starting to develop bonsai tree hobby. They do not require so much care. They also have delicate leaves with conscious shades of gold, red (during autumn), and orange.

The Japanese maple bonsai tree performs really well when they are grown in sunny environments. That is why they are mostly grown outside. They, however, should be protected from frost or scorching days.


Juniper bonsai trees

The juniper bonsai trees are a species within the cypress family. With somewhere between 50 and 70 species, this is another very popular bonsai tree. These coniferous trees are evergreen with their foliage color ranging from light green to dark blue-green colors. The leaves appear needle-like when the tree is young.


Flowering bonsai trees

These are the bonsai species that fascinate almost all bonsai lovers. The fact that they are treated and styled using the same techniques as other species of the bonsai trees makes it even easier to grow them. However, they should be pruned on time and allowed to get enough sunlight for them to produce the desired flowers.


Fruiting bonsai trees

Anyone who has ever had a fruit right after it had been picked from a tree will tell you that it is by far much better than the ones you get from the store. However, the space to grow such trees might be limited, and that is where the fruiting bonsai trees come in. Even though the plant is smaller, it will still produce full-size fruits. They, therefore, make the perfect solution for you if you want to enjoy fresh fruit but have limited space.


Bonsai trees are beautiful. They bring the greater natural trees to the right into your space. Why not go ahead and your desired bonsai tree and enjoy it? It is quite easy.

What Does A Bonsai Tree Symbolize?

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What A Bonsai Tree Symbolizes

Bonsai originated in China as the art of penjing and moved to Japan to become the art form we know today. Bonsai is the art of scaling trees down in size. Techniques are used to mimic the look of trees as they are found in nature. These techniques are used to reflect looks of simplicity, harmony, balance, and age in the bonsai tree. If you are unfamiliar with bonsai traditions, the symbolism in the tree can be undetectable. Understanding the meanings of these symbols can help you appreciate the bonsai on a deeper level.



Simplicity is not only found in bonsai traditions, but in Japanese culture as well. In Japanese culture, simplicity is evident in their art, homes, offices, gardens, and in the way they live their lives. Simplicity also symbolizes their respect for nature.

In bonsai, simplicity is not only evident in the trees themselves, but in the pots in which they live as well. The containers in which they live are neutral toned, which represents simplicity in nature. Bonsai are not meant to be over the top art pieces. They are meant to be styled as natural as possible, without unnecessary ornamentation. No matter how simple or intricate the bonsai is, there is a sense of simplicity within.



Harmony is another highly valued and common aspect of Japanese culture that is also present in bonsai tradition. The unity in textures and shapes represents harmony found in nature. Co-existence with elements can be seen in the bark’s curves and the lines in the branches. Jagged edges and crooked corners can be seen on the bonsai represent life’s most difficult times.

In Japanese culture, harmony can be seen in many aspects of their lives. The emphasis in trying to have a conflict free environment is seen in the Japanese laws, customs, rules, and manners. People generally try to prioritize harmony in groups and in where they live. This is followed by much of the country, as the crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. It is rare to see anger expressed between people. the different aspects of the bonsai tree is said to represent different people’s opinions.



When looking at a bonsai tree, you will immediately notice the balance in the tree. This aspect is very crucial in the bonsai tradition. The shape of a triangle is used in the design, representing stability and strength. In this tradition, the isosceles triangle is used, rather than the equilateral triangle popularly used in Western cultures. This creates a look of deliberate imperfection commonly used in Japanese art forms. These triangles create a sense of movement in the tree.



Specific things can be done to bonsai trees to display the appearance of age. manipulation of the trunk, branches, and roots can be used to show the different stages of life.

Exposed roots are used to give the look of age and erosion. Another display of age is trunks breaking surface at some sort of angle and continuing to grow in circles. This also symbolizes overcoming elements of nature. A smooth trunk with no blemishes gives off a youthful look, while a scarred trunk symbolizes age. One aspect that can represent the evolution of the tree is to place a dead trunk within the tree. Branches facing upwards symbolize youthfulness, while branches facing down symbolize age. Fully, luscious growth represents youthfulness, while sparse growth represents characteristics like those of an aged tree.

The elderly in Japan are treated with more respect than those in other countries. There are more people over 65 years old that in an other age group. The homes of the Japanese are often very diverse in age, having multiple generations under the same roof.  This is seen in the bonsai trees with a mixture of youthful and older traits.


The aspects of bonsai represent many different things, including but not limited to simplicity, harmony, balance, and age. All of these aspects are common in Japanese culture and in the bonsai tradition. The main goal of the bonsai is to display the qualities of the tree as it is seen in nature. Every bonsai tree represents something different, depending on the grower and the viewers perspectives.