Rainbow Rowell’s adult novel Eleanor & Park tells the extraordinary love story of two young misfits. What’s more, it discusses art as something that isn’t “supposed to look nice” but instead, it is “supposed to make you feel something.”
While these words are full of wisdom, when it comes to bonsai fine art you must see for yourself, there is little place for doubt that the bonsai tree masterpieces will not only make you feel something but that they also look merely mesmerizing.
1 – Enchanting Wisteria Bonsai Tree
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A vining plant that blooms in flowers that range from blue to pink and purple, a Wisteria tree’s cascades are more than merely impressive. But when introduced to the art of bonsai, Wisteria trees bring beauty to a whole new level.
Interestingly, Wisteria trees have a very special place in Japanese culture.
Apart from the world-famous celebrations of Wisteria trees in blossom that take place in various locations across Japan, the Wisteria Flower Dance is another whimsical Japanese tradition honoring the magic of this one-of-a-kind plant species.
Video by Stephen Cotton – Japanese Traditional Dance – Wisteria Flower Dance
2 – Stunning Hibiscus Bonsai Tree
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With its exotic and colorful flowers, Hibiscus belongs to the mallow family.
Over 200 different species of Hibiscus make up for a truly unique spectrum of different varieties that can be introduced to the art of bonsai.
But what’s more, Hibiscus is a powerful natural medicine used for the treatment of a wide range of disorders.
3 – “List of small mountains” Eucalyptus Bonsai
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Zheng Jianming’s bonsai masterpiece is only 125 cm tall and reaches 130 cm wide. Part of the Bonsai Boutique Exhibition that was held from December 29, 2018 to January 7, 2019, this eucalyptus bonsai tree almost seems surrealistic.
A little-known fact about eucalyptus trees (Myrtacae) is that apart from the gentle, therapeutic aroma they emit, these healing trees can also flower!
Beautifully, bonsai exhibitions are only becoming more popular, with different countries from Asia, Europe, America, and Australia, among others, paving the path to further popularization of bonsai fine art for connoisseurs.
Video by Bonsai On-Line – Vietnamese Bonsai Exhibition 2017
4 – Miniature Bonsai in Bloom
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Bonsai trees can vary in size. For instance, Dai (or Omono) refers to four-handed bonsai ranging from 30 to 48 inches.
Meanwhile, Katade-mochi refers to one-handed bonsai that must not exceed 10 – 18 inches.
But miniature bonsai trees are no less impressive! Mame (one-handed) bonsai reaches from 5 to 8 inches.
Last but not least, Keshitsubo (or Shito) bonsai (also known as fingertip bonsai) encompasses species under 2 inches!
Video by Trees Flower and Plants – Miniature bonsai-from Keshitsubo to Mame
5 – Golden-Hued Maple Bonsai
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Maple trees are among the most highly respected varieties that make some of the finest bonsai art.
Representing strength and endurance, maple trees belong the Acer genus. With their distinctly color-vivid leaves, maples can exuberate stunning nuances that range from bright red through golden-yellow, orange, and green.
6 – Fascinating Bougainvillea Bonsai
Known for its bright blooms, Bougainvillea is a genus of ornamental, thorny trees but also bushes and vines.
Bougainvillea has the nickname “paper flower” because of the fragile, thin flowers that captivate the hearts of the contemplators.
When introduced to the art of bonsai, this amazing plant species can brighten up any living space with its spectacular beauty that is further enhanced because of the opposition of small size vs. heavy flowering.
7 – Master Kunio Kobayashi’s Bonsai Gemstone
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Being one of the most highly respected bonsai masters across the globe, Mr. Kunio Kobayashi is the proud founder and owner of Shunkaen Bonsai Museum.
Kunio Kobayashi also holds educational courses in the art of bonsai for anyone who is interested in exploring the true wisdom, power, and secrets of the Japanese art of growing miniature trees.
8 – Orange Fruit Bonsai Tree
Various fruit-bearing trees can easily turn into some of the most amazing bonsai masterpieces.
One of the newest fruit-bearing varieties that have been introduced to the art of bonsai with great success is the Calamondin Citrus Mitis. This particular variety originates from the tropical regions of Japan and China and is naturally miniature in size – thus, suitable to be grown even by newbie bonsai enthusiasts.
When flowering, most fruit-bearing bonsai trees will perfume your house with one-of-a-kind, sweet-smelling aroma.
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9 – Chili Bonsai Tree
Even though some experts don’t really attribute chili bonsai trees as being a traditional bonsai variety, it is indisputable that their beauty is enchanting!
However, since the very essence of the art of bonsai is patience and skill in recreating the authentic, imperfectly perfect beauty of the living nature in a miniature, we must highlight that this cannot be fully achieved with growing a tiny chili tree. After all, chili trees do not really exist in nature.
Regardless, chili plants do make stunning miniature trees that are an art form themselves.
10 – Mimosa Bonsai
A genus of more than 400 shrubs and herb varieties, Mimosa trees are deciduous. The very root of Mimosa is “mimos” which means “mimic” in Greek.
Giving birth to silky, delicately fragrant flowers that look as if out-of-this-world, Mimosa trees introduced to the art of bonsai make some of the most spectacular miniature trees one can be lucky to possess or even merely contemplate!
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Filled with accumulated wisdom and breath-taking beauty, the list of bonsai fine art you must see for yourself doesn’t end here. The future of bonsai is about to bring life to yet more masterpieces that allure the imagination and sparkle the flame of creativity with the utmost respect for the majestic power of the living nature.