What better way to learn than to look at how experts prune and wire Bonsai trees? In the progressions part of this website several examples of young trees and nursery stock being trained can be found, as well as some interesting background information.

Bonsai demonstration by Taiga Urushibata

The Bonsai progressions all show before and after shots of Bonsai trees being styled by experts. A great way to learn the basics of styling trees.

Satsuki azaleas are increasingly popular among western Bonsai enthusiasts. If you fulfill their special needs (never let them dry out, water with rain water, use special soil and fertilizer) they are very easy to care for and delight their owners with beautiful flowers every year.

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The larch is a charming tree for Bonsai creation. As it is a deciduous conifer it is a special case in botany and offers a lovely autumn color and a nice leafless look in winter. The European, the Japanese and the hybrid larch are used for Bonsai. The hybrid larch is a crossing of the other two and is especially sturdy.

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This case study shows the collection of a Hawthorn tree and its training as a double-trunk style Bonsai. After being spotted the tree was chopped back significantly and left to recover.

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The cork oak is an evergreen Mediterranean tree that produces a unique bark from which wine bottle stoppers have been made for centuries.

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Many people feel attracted by apple trees because they have nice childhood memories of climbing fruit trees in the countryside or in their parents' backyard and picking apples.

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This case study shows a Hawthorn found in a forest and trained into a raft-style Bonsai tree.

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This Taxus Baccata Bonsai is truly wonderful. I saw it on display at the Noelanders Trophy in 2015 and again last weekend at the Bonsai San Show.

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In this article, Mr. Koji Hiramatsu will demonstrate how to create a 7cm shohin shimpaku juniper.

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Quercus serrata or Konara as it is known in Japan is native to China, Korea, and Japan. While not a popular species for Bonsai in the grand scheme of things, root-over-rock, bunjinji, and upright styles pop up occasionally at shows.

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In this article Melanie Walzer discusses the tree's progression and the artistic considerations made when Nicola Crivelli styled it. “Lone Wolf with cub” has won the first prize at the Swiss Bonsai Award in 2012.

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