Top 7 Crazy and Unusual Bonsai Trees

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Top 7 Crazy and Unusual Bonsai Trees

Bonsai means “tree in a pot.” It is an Asian traditional art form of growing and training methods. It creates small trees in containers that resemble their larger trees. There are procedures for growing bonsai trees. These are heavy crown trimming, root cutting, and root restriction in shallow pots. 

Taking care of these seven crazy and unusual bonsai trees is not difficult. They might consider it one of the world’s most calming activities for humans. Bonsai plants are easy to take care of and maintain. It can fit into any environment. Every corner of the world can have it.

They are usually put into a small or medium size corner, so it has minimal space.es them placed in your home or office. It has natural power that can re-energize the area. So, check out these top 7 crazy and unusual bonsai plants that will make you have them.

 

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7 Crazy and Unusual Bonsai Trees

Human beings are fond of the beauty of different creatures and things. That is why there is no doubt that bonsai trees are popular because of their good looks and form. A bonsai is an art form of miniaturizing normal trees and plants. There are different strange appearances of them. Some artists make the bonsai resemble the usual trees. While others add things that will make them more astonishing.

 

1. A Bonsai Tree, now over 390 years old, survived the bombing of Hiroshima

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Last August 6, 1945, bonsai master Masaru Yamaki was staying in his home when the bombing happened. A big force blew out his house’s windows, causing the glass fragments hit him. Causing him to slash his skin. And has turned out that it was a B-29 bomber from the United States named “Enola Gay.” But not knowing that it was the world’s first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in Japan. It was about two miles away from his house. Since Yamaki is a bonsai artist, he has many of them on the towering wall encircling his outside nursery. So it helped the bonsai to survive the bombing massacre. 

Yamasaki has a collection of 53 bonsais. It includes the now 390-year-old white pine bonsai tree. But Nippon Bonsai Association gave it to the United States. It was a gift for its bicentennial celebration in 1976.

These types of bonsai trees grow in large pots. Artists trim it to maintain its shape. But despite with there artistic freedom, bonsai artists look to nature for inspiration. It is a bonsai scale reproduction of what they are seeing in nature. Bonsai trees are growing, so they need regular attention. Some people even compare caring for a bonsai tree to caring for a pet.

 

2. Apple Bonsai Tree

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It is beautiful seeing your plants having flowers and fruits. So what’s more, if you saw your little apple bonsai tree on the top of your table, bearing mini apple fruits.

But it is attractive to put them on your office table, coffee table, or anywhere in your home. So your visitors and friends can see this. They will be happy to see the cute unusual piece on your house.

This bonsai is what we call the Apple bonsai tree, also known as the Pitch Apple or Monkey Apply tree. It is a tropical American tree and is native to tropical climates. There are dark green foliages in this plant, and it has aerial roots. It grows into different bonsai designs and blooms pink and white during summer. But the best part is it produces mini apple fruits after the flowers fade.

These kinds of crazy and unusual bonsai trees need a location wherein they can have sunlight. And you can put it indoors or even outdoor. It can endure the cold outside but protecting the root is a must. So please don’t plant it in shallow bonsai pots. It requires five parts of peat, three parts of argillaceous rocks, and two parts of coarse clay or sand. But Irrigation is essential daily to keep the fruit from withering.

But check it to avoid vine mildew. Do not fertilize it during its fruit-bearing stage because it will cause it not to grow well of fruits. Its fruits are edible also.

 

3. Wisteria Bonsai Tree

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Wisteria bonsai trees are flowering bonsai trees. So gardeners who love flowering plants and bonsai choose wisteria bonsai trees. It is a small variant of the blooming shrub from many countries like China, Japan, and the US.

These bonsai trees are a little form of the wisteria trees that grow in bonsai containers. But wisteria is a shrub that is usually mistaken for a tree. It is because it climbs around the tree’s trunk and swirls around its branches. So it looks like a tree.

The flowers of wisteria bonsai trees make it more attractive. The flowers bloom in blue, lavender, or white. It appears early in the spring and depends on the species.

But it needs a lot of effort and patience if you want to produce its fragrant blossoms. So knowing first about these flowering bonsai trees is a must before purchasing them. It is notable for sinking and small close-together petals on the inside. If it is outdoors, the wisteria blossoms bloom in the late spring or early summer. When planted indoors, it can bloom any time of the year. It has a pleasant aroma but not the smell that will overpower you.

 

4. Azalea Bonsai Tree 

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Azalea bonsai trees are mainstream in parts of Europe and different parts. It is part of the Rhodendron family.

It is popular because of its beautiful booms in different shapes, sizes, and patterns. They have small and evergreen plants that are good for bonsai. But its variety is the most popular bonsai Satsuki followed by Kurume azaleas.

Azaleas can thrive in the sun. Yet, it must shield from rain and sunlight. It is better to make their indoor plants to maintain and ensure the blossoms will last longer. 

 

 

5. Azuma Makoto Bonsai 

Azuma Makoto, a Japanese artist, specializes in complex floral designs. Makoto has even sent a bonsai tree into space. It is part of Makoto’s unconventional methods. To present a vibrant array of different flora. The artist has now revealed a futuristic plant protection machine. 19th-century terrariums inspire it.

The ecosphere named ‘Paludarium TACHIKO,’ built for modern society. It is the fourth plant housing unit in the artist’s ongoing series. The machine creates the conditions needed to preserve the plants housed inside it. It serves as an ecosystem within a container. It imitates the conditions needed by plants and insects to keep them alive.

But their primary application is either aesthetic, scientific, or horticultural. Built-in fans mimic the breeze, and glass walls let enough natural light get in. There are also waterproof speakers available for listening to music when inside. But these crazy and unusual bonsai trees go through a shortened natural cycle.

6. Bonsai trunk fusion 

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Trunk fusions are a grafting technique. It uses many methods grafts of seedlings or rooted cuttings. It is to build a big base trunk with a dramatic, even taper.

The traditional method for growing a trunk is to plant a tree in the ground. Then chop the trunk over several years. Even though this method leaves huge scars and a deformed trunk. But trunk fusions are not an ‘old school’ way of growing a Bonsai trunk. And this is not the technique used by the bonsai master John Naka.

The most common method of graft usage is to add a branch to a tree and tie the two together. As the two components expand and enlarge due to the strain of fastened together, they fuse into one.

 

7. Pine Bonsai at Ryokan Yachiyo

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Ryokan Yachiyo has a black pine bonsai from Kyoto Garden. It took 30 years to grow. Bonsai art necessitates deep knowledge of botanic species. Also, the ability to shape the trunk, clean the roots, prune the leaves, and provide ongoing maintenance. And care to keep it alive. Upkeep is critical.

Pines are very popular in Bonsai cultivation. Many people consider them to be the most common type of Bonsai tree. Pine bonsai trees are evergreen.  But they are coniferous viscous or cone-bearing trees. They are with cones and needles appearing in 2 to 5 bundles.

Correct watering, transplanting, and reshaping are essential to bonsais. An example of this is the “third shogun” bonsai. It is in Saitama Bonsai Art Museum. It took 30 years for their branches to grow 6.5 feet or 2 meters.

 

 

Best place to grow unusual bonsai trees

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Taking care of the bonsai trees is not as difficult as we thought. The bonsai trees are more intricate than the typical plant. But following a few basic caring guides should allow anyone to care for their tree. Give special attention to where you put it and how you water it.

Consider these four main factors when choosing the best place.

  1. Light. One of the challenging aspects of growing a bonsai indoors is getting sunlight. Your bonsai requires plenty of sunlight to power its processes. It also contributes to the production of small, sensitive bonsai leaves. But, some indoor bonsai need less light than others. But the majority need direct sunlight. A well-lit window is your best choice.
  2. Humidity. Humidity is great for bonsai trees. The perfect place to blossom bonsai trees indoors is anywhere with more moisture in the air. A conservatory or grow room is ideal, but a humidity tray can be enough.
  3. Temperature. Placing your bonsai near a radiator is a sure way to kill it. Because bonsai do not endure concentrated heat. But avoid placing them on low walls or window frames near a heat source. Unfortunately, your bonsai cannot withstand high temperatures, so remove it from the kitchen.
  4. Breeze. Pests and dust thrive in stagnant air. It can affect your tree’s potential to photosynthesize. Indoors, the best place for a bonsai to grow is somewhere with good airflow. Putrevolving fan if necessary.

Conclusion

Having bonsai trees as a hobby is an ancient living art form. It involves using growing and training techniques. And it creates miniature trees that mimic their larger counterparts. Bonsai has existed around for thousands of years. And its popularity is growing. Something enticing about learning to shape nature to fit one’s plan. And also learning patience and gentleness. Bonsai development and cultivation need both patience and talent.

If you would like a bonsai tree to put in your house, you get the Wisteria bonsai tree. It is the bonsai to have, especially if you love flowering plants. It also adds an aroma to your house. But proper care of this bonsai is essential to maintain the fragrance.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Fran

    I love your bonsai trees! I especially liked the miniature apple tree. How sweet! I wouldn’t want anyone to eat the apple, though…it looks so tempting, it might be hard to resist. And both the wisteria and the azalea are just beautiful.

    Will you be including instructions on how to grow these trees in the future? How to trim them; how to care for them. I’d like to try a couple of them, but would need to learn how to care for them.

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    • Diane

      I’m glad you enjoyed the bonsai trees that we featured! We agree that they certainly offer a unique beauty.

      Yes, we will be adding more articles on their individual needs and care tips. Subscribe to receive our updates!

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  2. Rosie Bell

    To keep this magnificent plant alive requires a lot of attention. However, they make excellent house decorations. Regular trimming is required for bonsai, and each bonsai has its own requirements. My parents enjoyed bonsai, so we had several at home, along with carnivorous plants that were constantly catching flies. I really liked what you had to say.

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    • Diane

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article! Yes, Bonsai and other houseplants do add a lot to our home decor. I imagine you enjoyed watching the carnivorous plants, too. We have an article on those at:  https://houseplantjoy.com/are-

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  3. Mike Adkins

    Wow! This is an amazing article. I knew little of Bonsai trees before i read your article. The trees are amazing and combine perfectly the beauty of nature harnessed and improved by Bonsai artists, truly amazing. I was staggered to read about the beautiful tree that had survived the A bomb, Masaru Yamaki must have truly been a “Master” – Thank you this was a fascinating read.

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    • Diane

      Thank you! Yes, Bonsai trees are truly amazing and have withstood many events. I agree that the one surviving the bombing might be the most incredible.

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  4. Vai

    The idea of planting an indoor garden and the selective type of plants suitable for indoor gardening mentioned here, is unique as well as ideal for gardening. Interestingly enough, the plants mentioned here and how to plant them sound simple and easy.

    I have not the expertise on the indoor gardening, however, once in a while I bought a house plant just for the love of plant. Looking at the plants you mention here for gardening, it looks like both the indoors and the outdoors gardening can benefit from these plants. Bonsai plants for indoor gardening never crossed my mind.

    Now, any given plant or tree can become a Bonsai plant or tree. Gardening especially indoors, will require some knowledge of how to care and maintain the bonsai plants. Knowing how to create an indoor garden, how much space need, kind and size of plants and bowls to use, maintenance and how to care for them will determine how beautiful your garden be.

    Going to try and see if I can start an indoor garden especially a Bonsai trees garden. I am definitely going to change the way I think regard gardening. Indoor and outdoor gardens can both become year-round activity.

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    • Diane

      I am happy to hear that the Bonsai Tree article inspired you! I wish you well with your Bonsai tree garden.

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  5. Siobhan41

    This was a very interesting article. I have always thought Bonsai trees were an interesting type of tree. I didn’t know there were different types such as the Wisteria and Azalea, they are both so pretty. I believe I will be getting myself at least one of each of those. 

    I also want to ask how you have set up the advertisements on your site to do the way they are doing? Is it a plugin you are using? 

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    • Diane

      Yes, in fact, many types of bushes and trees can become Bonsai Trees. They are small but so interesting and decorative!

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  6. Louisa

    I love this article about the bonsai trees, in particular the Wisteria Bonsai Tree. I have a long time love for Wisteria, and did not realise you could get a Wisteria Bonsi tree. Would you ever consider an article about how you care for this trees? I have always thought that although these trees are plants they always remind me of art and have a beautiful cultural symbolisation. Thank you.  

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    • Diane

      I agree, the Wisteria Bonsai Tree is quite beautiful! In fact, many consider bonsai to be a form of art, as well as gardening. We will be doing more care articles specific to types of plants in the upcoming weeks. Subscribers receive updates, too!

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  7. Dorothy Jackson

    I am happy to see this, awesome the small miniature trees, the Azalea Tree has beautiful blossoms and needs a lot of care, the leaves are dark green in size and shape, depending on the cultivator this is a wonderful website to visit, I think I would like to have some of these Wisteria Bonsai Trees they are beautiful.

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    • admin

      The Azalea Bonsai is indeed a favorite of many people. And it is not difficult to maintain, so might be a good choice for your first Bonsai tree.

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  8. Michel Maling

    I would love to be able to grow these cute little trees as they are so attractive, and I see you can even have them outdoors.

    Somebody told me that these are incredibly difficult to grow, and I can’t even seem to keep an orchid alive, so I would probably not do too well with a bonsai either.

    Amazing about that bonsai that survived the bombing during the 2nd world war.

    What are your top tips when it comes to maintaining a bonsai tree?

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    • Diane

      Actually, bonsai can be quite easy plants to grow and enjoy. Of course, there are some that are more challenging, but start with one of the easier varieties and you might become a Bonsai expert!

      One of the major issues with bonsai is the amount of water. Because they are in shallow pots, it’s important to monitor their water more frequently to ensure they don’t get too much, nor too little.

      We suggest you try one of the easier varieties (see https://houseplantjoy.com for suggestions) first. Even some of the flowering varieties can be grown by beginners.

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