Any tree species can be used to grow a Bonsai from. This of course includes fruit trees!
Bonsai are kept miniature by applying techniques like pruning, wiring and repotting. Over the course of several years the leaves slowly reduce in size, which is crucial for the tree to appear natural. The fruits however often remain quite big. Tree species like the apple or lemon tree for example have quite big fruits, which can appear dramatic but perhaps a bit artificial. Other tree species, like the crabapple or pomegranate have naturally small fruits.
The most popular fruiting Bonsai trees are the Crabapple, several Citrus varieties, Olive trees and the Pomegranate. But you could also try the Blueberry, Cherry or Quince.
In this article we have listed the 10 most beautiful Bonsai fruit trees. We also show flowering Bonsai trees in another top 10 post.
(#1) Shohin crabapple by Katsumi Komiya
Berries on a Crabapple Bonsai tree, very small size (called Shohin). By: Katsumi Komiya
(#2) Apple on Bonsai tree
"Big apple on a tiny Bonsai tree". It looks photoshopped, but it is in fact a real Bonsai tree. Leaves can grow smaller, but often fruits remain relatively big. Photo by: Flowerstory
(#3) Callicarpa Japonica Bonsai fruit tree
Callicarpa Japonica Bonsai, bearing flashy purple fruits. Photo by: Associazione Rock'n'Bonsai.
(#4) Orange fruits
Cool fruits on the Diospyros (Persimmon).
(#5) Japanese Winterberry (Ilex serrata)
Japanese Winterberry, photo courtesy by Jonas Dupuich and William Valavanis.
(#6) Miniature garden
The color on the pyracantha tree is great, notice the mini fruits on the grass.
A stunning Bonsai tree with Citrus fruits, or to be exact; chinese quince psuedocydonia sinenesis.
(#8) Pomegranate fruit tree
Pomegranate (punica granatum).
(#9) American persimmon
Diospyros virginiana (L) American persimmon, by Luis Vallejo.
(#10) Apple fruits on Bonsai tree
Mini apples on this Bonsai fruit tree.