There is a nearly endless number of bonzai trees available. Here are a few of the more popular bonzai varieties.
Chinese Juniper, also known as Shimpaku or Juniperus chinesis, grows in an irregular mound-like shape. Its soft, dark green needles grow all year round.
Bald Cypress or Taxodium distinchum is a very slow-growing bonzai with feather-like foliage. This tree is said to be a good starter bonzai for beginners.
Another choice for a beginner is the Okinawa Holly bonzai, also called Malphigia coccigera, which is easy to maintain. It grows small pink flowers during the warmer months. (more…)