Two tree species that are somewhat related; the Hornbeam and Beech. Very suitable for Bonsai, as it shows great autumn colors and leaf size is naturally small. Only when new spring growth starts will the died leafs from last autumn fall; a stunning sight in winter.

If you need help identifying your tree, try our Bonsai tree identification guide.

 

Specific Bonsai care guidelines for the Hornbeam and Beech

Position: Place your Hornbeam Bonsai or Beech outside, at a bright spot but not with too much direct sunlight. Protect it in wintertime from freezing temperatures.

Watering: Keep your tree moist, though not wet. Check regularly in summer.

Feeding: Fertilize regularly when the first growth appears and once every two weeks in late spring/summer.

Pruning: Wait for the new spring growth to harden off and then prune heavily to force the tree to grow new buds closer to the trunk. This creates better ramification.

Repotting: Repot your Hornbeam or Beech Bonsai in early spring, just before the tree starts growing, once every two years.

Propagation: Use seeds (in autumn) or cuttings (entire growth season).

For more detailed information on these techniques, try our Bonsai tree care section.

 

 

Example of an Hornbeam (Carpinus) Bonsai tree

Hornbeam carpinus bonsai tree

 

Example of a Beech (Fagus) Bonsai tree

Fagus Beech Bonsai tree