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Bonsai Trees: How Long Do They Live?

Every living thing both plants and animals have a life cycle and a life expectancy they are naturally subjected to follow. The Bonsai tree is not an exception to this fact. The bonsai too has its own life duration and cycle.

Although, its existence in different species has given rise to varying longevity. Generally, the Bonsai plant has a life expectancy as its parent plant.

The oldest known Bonsai plants grown in Sanai-Shogun-no-Matsu, Japan before the second world war in the seventeenth century has lasted for over two hundred years since its cultivation.

This ancient plant was originally part of a white pine tree with a life expectancy of five hundred years and has survived in good health since its germination.

Many bonsai trees can live for a very long time, while others for just a couple of years. However, the lifespan of any living thing depends greatly on the care and affection tended towards it.

Planning a bonsai tree from the seed level is can be a very long process, that requires lots of patience and consistency. The process is slow, but you actually get rewarded. When planting a Bonsai, you will have to allow it to take enough time to grow its root and grow strong before you can begin training and trimming it. The bonsai tree has different species thereby creating different longevity for the tree.

For beginners, here are the ten best bonsai tree species;
 Juniper
 Maple
 Pine
 Elm

 Redwood
 Azalea
 Ficus
 Yew
 Dwarf umbrella
 Bald cypress

The type of bonsai species you pick should depend on the environment where you’ll be keeping it. Your regions climate should also be considered. Try to choose species that can grow to full size in your region.

If you would like to grow your bonsai tree outdoor, deciduous species such as magnolias, oaks or Japanese elms are excellent options.
The bonsai tree has an age range from a hundred years to five thousand years, Species like bangan, peepal, acacia, birch, field maple, gingko, cryptomena, mesquite, cotton tree, and common alder are likely to live beyond 100 years when grown in the wild. Species like the European beech, common hawthorn, hornbeam, holly live and natural ash live up to 400 years. The scot pine species live up to 500 years.

The Yes species can outlive all other species with a life expectancy of 5000 years. When the bonsai trees are cultivated, the life expectancy of the tree species is expected to be greater, since they were more pampered and protected from elements. When a tree is protected, its lifespan is prolonged for decades.

Continuous pruning and nice ideal growing conditions can ensure excellent vigor and health. Here are some examples of old bonsai trees and their location;

 Ficus bonsai tree at cresol Italy which is over 1000 years old.
 Old juniper bonsai tree at mansei-en Japan which has been proven to be over a thousand years
 Japanese white pine that survived Hiroshima.
 Old bonsai tree at shunkaen which is 800 years old.

Proper trimming of a bonsai tree is the key to maintaining its small stature while keeping it healthy.

Trimming diseased or sick leaves and branches increase the health of the tree. It’s true that any plant can be trained to be a bonsai. When choosing or selecting a plant for longevity, try to choose a variety that is known for its strength and adaptability.

Ensuring that the plant is well catered for and free from diseases and stress, can help prolong its natural lifespan. The bonsai is indeed an art all must practice but growing a species with less care and dedication ruins the pride of the art and tells poorly of the groomer’s reputation. Hope we could help you with the information you needed, thanks for reading through.

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