A type of bonsai designed to mimic a forest.
The source specimen is shaped to be relatively small and to meet the aesthetic standards of bonsai. When the candidate bonsai nears its planned final size it is planted in a display pot, usually one designed for bonsai display in one of a few accepted shapes and proportions. From that point forward, its growth is restricted by the pot environment.Another dazzling Azalea
A lilac that has both looks and a lovely scent
Root over rock style
A Japanese Maple that is about 100 years old (across seasons)
60 year old Crabapple Tree
Trident maple with exposed roots
Over 50 year old Atlas Cedar
Cherry Blossom in full bloom
A Bald Cypress
Small trees grown in containers, like bonsai, require specialized care. Unlike houseplants and other subjects of container gardening, tree species in the wild, in general, grow roots up to several meters long and root structures encompassing several thousand liters of soil. In contrast, a typical bonsai container is under 25 centimeters in its largest dimension and 2 to 10 liters in volume.
One of the oldest bonsai trees in history, this is a Japanese White Pine, and its conjectured that its birthday was in1625, almost 400 years ago.
Branch and leaf (or needle) growth in trees is also of a larger scale in nature. Wild trees typically grow 5 meters or taller when mature, whereas the largest bonsai rarely exceed 1 meter and most specimens are significantly smaller. These size differences affect maturation, transpiration, nutrition, pest resistance, and many other aspects of tree biology. Maintaining the long-term health of a tree in a container requires some specialized care techniques.