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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.

Note: We do not ship to California





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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 Filicoides Chamaecyparis
Boxwood - Korean / Size 2
Our Price: $12.95

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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Filicoides is a small tree form of obtusa Chamaecyparis with an irregular growth habit. Long arching, pendulous branches that are covered with dense, dark green foliage. Sure to draw interest. Extremely hard to find!!




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Golden Fernleaf False Cypress / Chamaecyparis Golden Fernleaf False Cypress / Chamaecyparis Lemon Twist Chamaecyparis

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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Golden Fernleaf False Cypress is a 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. Larger sized trees




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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 Plumosa Compressa Aurea Chamaecyparis Plumosa Compressa Aurea Chamaecyparis

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 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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Red Star Chamaecyparis / False Cypress Blue Squarrosa Intermedia Chamaecyparis Blue Squarrosa Intermedia Chamaecyparis

Red Star White Cedar is a columnar shaped Chamaecyparis variety with soft blue/green foliage that turns an attractive purple/plum in winter. Landscape uses include accents, group plantings, and borders.




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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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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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Squarrosa Sulphurea Chamaecyparis Squarrosa Sulphurea Chamaecyparis Black Dragon Cryptomeria
Chamaecyparis - Squarrosa Sulphurea / Size 1
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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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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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Black Dragon Cryptomeria Gracilis Cryptomeria Gracilis Cryptomeria / Japanese Cedar

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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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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Monstrosa Nana Cryptomeria Chapel View Cryptomeria Rasen Sugi Cryptomeria

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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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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Rasen Sugi Cryptomeria has twisted green foliage that looks as if it were braided. Makes a truly unusual specimen planting. You've never seen anything like this before - sure to make you look twice!!




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Rasen Sugi Cryptomeria Yellow Twig Cryptomeria / Japanese Cedar Gold Thread Cypress

Rasen Sugi Cryptomeria has twisted green foliage that looks as if it were braided. Makes a truly unusual specimen planting. You've never seen anything like this before - sure to make you look twice!!




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Yellow Twig Cryptomeria is a smaller upright Japanese Cedar with an irregular pyramidal shape to it when mature. New foliage has a golden yellowish appearance, fading to green.. Very unusual variety!




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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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Gold Thread Cypress Green Thread Filifera Cypress / Chamaecyparis Green Mound Juniper Pre Bonsai

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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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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