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Selections For Bonsai Use

The art of bonsai has been around in Asian cultures for ages, but its popularity here in the United States is now rapidly increasing. While we do not claim to be "bonsai experts" by any means, we do know that many varieties we currently grow make excellent bonsai subjects. We thought it may be helpful to our growing bonsai customer base to have a page dedicated solely to those plant varieties that seem to be very popular choices for bonsai hobbyists.


Please click on any variety below to go to its own page complete with additional descriptions, specifications, photos, and purchasing options.

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Threadleaf Arborvitae/Thuja Japanese Boxwood Japanese Boxwood

Threadleaf Arborvitae has foliage that grows in whiplike strands in a mounding, pendulous fashion. Very unusual, and attractive plant. Makes a wonderful accent plant - sure to catch your eye due to the very unusual looking foliage.




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Japanese Boxwood has nice, bright green oval shaped leaves that are somewhat larger than the hybrid boxwoods most commonly seen in landscapes. Also a slightly lighter shade of green than most boxwoods.




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Japanese Boxwood has oval shaped leaves that are somewhat larger, and a slightly lighter shade of green than the hybrid boxwoods often seen in landscapes. Better growth rate than most boxwood varieties.




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Korean Boxwood Wintergreen Boxwood Atlas Cedar
Boxwood - Korean / Size 2
Our Price : 10.95
Cedar - Atlas / Size 1
Our Price : 9.95

Korean Boxwood is a very hardy Boxwood variety with excellent deep green foliage. Easy to grow, and can be trimmed to be maintained at a wide variety of heights & widths. One of our favorite hedge choices!!




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A slightly larger offering of our popular Size 1 Wintergreen Boxwood. Very hardy, with multiple uses - most commonly used for hedging & foreground accents. Good color year round in most climates. Nice boxwood variety.




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Atlas Cedar is a very stately, handsome variety of Cedar. Bluish green needles, and an open pyramidal growth habit give Atlas Cedar a very elegant look in many landscapes. A truly prized ornamental for collectors.




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Deodara Cedar Golden Fernleaf False Cypress / Chamaecyparis Kanaamihiba Chamaecyparis
Cedar - Deodara / Size 2
Our Price : 10.95

These trees are excellent sized young seedlings and well branched. Deodara cedar makes a great ornamental with good size when mature - also provides a nice color contrast with its silvery blue / green color.




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Golden Fernleaf False Cypress is a wonderful, rarely seen ornamental cultivar with moderate size and a pyramidal shape as it matures. Evergreen foliage is bright golden yellow, and arranged in a fernlike pattern.




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Kanaamihiba Chamaecyparis has nice dark green foliage that is arranged in fanlike sprays, slightly twisted in appearance. Has a rather mounding type growth habit, and assumes a nice pyramidal shape with age.




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Kanaamihiba Chamaecyparis Lemon Twist Chamaecyparis Lemon Twist Chamaecyparis

Kanaamihiba Chamaecyparis has nice dark green foliage that is arranged in fanlike sprays slightly twisted in appearance with maturity. Has a rather mounding type growth habit, and assumes a pyramidal shape with age.




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Lemon Twist Chamaecyparis is a slightly dwarf form of obtusa has nice dark green threadlike foliage with bright golden yellow ends which often develop clustered "cockscombs" at the ends of many branches.




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Lemon Twist Chamaecyparis is a slightly dwarf form of obtusa has nice dark green threadlike foliage with bright golden yellow ends which often develop club shaped "cockscombs" at the tips of many branches.




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Plumosa Compressa Aurea Chamaecyparis Plumosa Compressa Aurea Chamaecyparis Blue Squarrosa Intermedia Chamaecyparis

Plumosa Compressa Aurea Cham. is a very dense, compact plant with feathery green foliage. New growth tipped in bright lime green to golden yellow, depending upon sun exposure. Requires little or no maintenance to holds shape.




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Plumosa Compressa Aurea Cham. is a dense, compact grower with feathery green foliage. New growth tipped in bright lime green to golden yellow, depending upon sun exposure. Best suited for part sun/shade locations.




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Beautiful silvery blue foliage, and a overall pyramidal shape. makes a wonderful accent, or medium sized focal point / specimen planting. Often used as a bonsai subject. Prefers part sun / part shade areas.




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Blue Squarrosa Intermedia Chamaecyparis Squarrosa Sulphurea Chamaecyparis Squarrosa Sulphurea Chamaecyparis

Beautiful silvery blue foliage, and a overall pyramidal shape. makes a wonderful accent, or medium sized focal point / specimen planting. May be grown in full sun, or part sun / shade areas. Often used as a bonsai subject.




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An interesting plant with very soft, lime green/chartreuse foliage showing especially good color with lots of sun exposure. A great choice for a specimen planting that will brighten up any spot in most any landscape.




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An interesting plant with very soft, lime green foliage showing especially good color with lots of sun exposure - the more sun it receives, the more it takes on a chartreuse / yellow foliage color.




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Black Dragon Cryptomeria Black Dragon Cryptomeria Chapel View Cryptomeria

Very unusual growth habit - slightly slower growth rate, but makes a very interesting accent plant. Super dark green foliage with very rigid, dense branching pattern. Upright to slightly pyramidal mature shape.




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Very nice, yet unusual Cryptomeria variety with very dark green needle like foliage year round, and an upright to slightly pyramidal growth habit when mature. Makes a great accent - full sun or part shade.




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Newer variety featuring extremely dark, dense foliage....making it a great choice for shorter height screens or container gardening. Holds color very well in winter, and requires little to no maintenance at all.




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Gracilis Cryptomeria Gracilis Cryptomeria / Japanese Cedar Monstrosa Nana Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica Gracilis is a very unusual evergreen with a broad pyramidal shape and superb green color. Makes a nice focal point, or even a privacy screen in height restricted areas.




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Gracilis is a very interesting medium sized cultivar with bright green foliage that is finer in texture than most Cryptomeria. Unusual broad growth habit makes an interesting foundation or specimen planting.




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A very interesting variety of Japanese Cedar with very dense, compact, green foliage. Takes on a slight coppery bronze color during the winter months. A great addition to any conifer or evergreen collection. Also good for bonsai.




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Gold Thread Cypress Gold Thread Cypress Green Thread Filifera Cypress / Chamaecyparis

Nice golden threadlike foliage year round with a dense, mounding growth habit - very low maintenance. The more direct sun this variety receives, the better its brilliant golden yellow coloration will be displayed.




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Nice gold colored threadlike foliage year round with a dense, mounding growth habit makes Gold Thread Cypress as great choice for accent plantings. MUST be planted in areas with good sun exposure for brightest color.




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The standard, traditional Thread Cypress from which all the golden colored variations were developed. Super green foliage with a gentle weeping growth habit. Very popular, versatile, easy to grow plant.




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Green Mound Juniper Pre Bonsai Green Mound Juniper Pre Bonsai Robusta Green Juniper

These are the same nice little Greenmound Junipers we've offered for years, but these have been trained for additional height and other desired bonsai features. Have a taller main trunk, with a distinct "hook" at the top.




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A larger, older plant than our Size 1 Pre-Bonsai Greenmound Junipers. Most all come staked as well. A great choice for a pre-bonsai plant with good size. Taller main trunk with higher branching already started.




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Robusta Green is a dense columnar juniper with scale-like green foliage with a hint of silver / gray to it. Takes on a somewhat twisted, very upright columnar shape with age. Excellent accent choice - also great for borders.




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Robusta Green Juniper Shimpaku Juniper Shimpaku Juniper

Robusta Green is a dense columnar juniper with scale-like green foliage with a hint of silver / gray to it. Takes on a twisted, very upright columnar shape with age. Great choice for accents, as well as borders - very elegant.




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Shimpkau Juniper has super green foliage year round with a very irregular, low growing vase form with maturity. Very popular juniper varieties for use in bonsai projects - but also has many landscape uses as well.




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Slightly larger, much more developed offering of our very popular Size 1 Shimpaku - has a much thicker caliper. Great for use in either landscape or bonsai applications. This size is not always available - only a few times a year.




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Torulosa Juniper Torulosa Juniper Dwarf Mugo Pine

Torulosa ( Hollywood ) Juniper has an odd, upright growth habit. Twisted foliage structure, and bright emerald green color - some of the best color retention of any juniper. Good growth rate. No two specimens are exactly alike!!




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Vibrant green foliage with a twisted, upright growth habit. When mature, no two plants are alike. Good growth rate with an overall pyramidal shape. Great for a variety of landscape uses. Excellent color year round!!




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One of our most popular selections! Great for bonsai, but equally as useful as low growing accents, borders, and foreground plantings. Superb variety with good color all year round. Many great uses for this plant.




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Dwarf Mugo Pine Japanese Black Pine Japanese Black Pine

Larger size of our standard size 1 Dwarf Mugo Pine. Great for bonsai, but equally as useful as low growing accents, borders, and foreground plantings. Superb variety! Good dense branching habit.




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Japanese Black Pine has extremely dark green, dense needles. Tremendous salt tolerance, and great for coastal plantings, as well as bonsai use. A very popular landscape choice for areas with poor, rocky soils.




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Japanese Black Pine has extremely dark green, dense needles. Tremendous salt tolerance - great for coastal plantings, as well as bonsai. Usually adapts well to areas with poor, rocky soil or other challenging conditions.




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Glen Compact Green Pittosporum Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum Oriental Spruce

Same beautiful Pittosporum variety as our Size 1 Glen's Compact, but a larger, older plant with a larger rootball as well. Average age is at least 3 yrs old for this product - these are a great deal!




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The most compact form of Pittosporum available. Glossy leaves & fragrant seasonal flowers make this shrub perfect for small accents, patio/container gardening, or foundation use. Sun or shade - can be used in either situation.




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Very densely branched spruce variety with very short, dark green needled foliage - some of the darkest of any spruce variety we grow. Slow to moderate growth - uses include bonsai, container, or landscape accents




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