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Seven Miniature Bonsai Trees That Add Color and Enliven Your Spaces

They are the perfect and one of the most attractive additions for any spot. Check out these seven options!

By: THURSD. | 08-03-2023 | 6 min read
Garden Plants
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Whether indoors or outdoors, miniature bonsai trees are without doubt an attractive addition to any decor. They are a sight to behold, especially, given our human inclination towards nature.

These miniature bonsai trees are not just fun to look at but are also able to revivify a living room, an office space, the lounge, or a waiting room, and effortlessly bring out positive vibes, especially at a time when biophilic design trends are flourishing.

Miniature Bonsai Trees Have Numerous Benefits

Bonsai, the ancient art of training trees has been steadily growing ever since the inception of the trend at least a thousand years ago in China, and despite the lots of work it takes to establish and maintain them, people are still willing to invest in them.

Bonsais can be planted alone or grown as part of the plant diversity that forms a biophilic design in both outdoor and indoor spaces. And they come with a host of benefits, not just in the beautifying of the space on which they are, but also to the occupants and those who use these spaces.

 

Miniature bonsai with white flowers
A white-flowered bonsai tree by @bonsai_sana

 

These miniature trees are capable of purifying the oxygen in a room, lowering blood pressure, creating a relaxed aura and mind, reducing the vibes of psychological stress, and enhancing the well-being of people.

Miniature Bonsai Trees Can Enliven Your Interiors

Indoors, bonsai trees also have the benefit of enhancing humidity in the environment and hence reducing occurrences of conditions such as dry and chapped skin, sore throats, and even coughs.

 

A colorfully flowered bonsai tree
A colorfully flowered bonsai tree by @clevelandbonsaiclub

 

On a spiritual and personal growth level, bonsais are believed to enhance patience, given the long durations it takes to nurture them. They also spark one’s creativity, create a greater sense of self-awareness; more like what meditation and yoga would do to someone, and create a sense of compassion.

Bonsai Trees That Thrive

Bonsai trees are a demanding plant to nurture and not all varieties perform optimally in just any setting. Bonsai experts note that these trees, in fact, love the outdoors where they get full exposure to all the growth requirements for plants. 

 

A pink flowered azalea bonsai tree
A pink flowered azalea bonsai tree by @bonsai_sana

 

However, these plants can also be grown indoors, even though this would require a little bit more tending than one would for a bonsai planted outdoors. Here are five flowering bonsai plants that can successfully be grown indoors.

Beautiful Bougainvillea Bonsai

Coming in the form of an evergreen shrub, thorny vine, or little tree, Bougainvillea is a beautiful plant that can be nurtured as a bonsai. It produces vibrant pink, orange, white, magenta, or red gossamer-thin petal-shaped leaves that take the form of flowers.

 

purple bonsai
A purple-flowered bonsai tree by Devin H

 

It also produces tiny yellow flowers at the center of the clusters of petal-shaped leaves. Bougainvillea’s wide variety of colors is a result of cross-breeding, making them an appealing miniature tree to have around.

The Showy Magnolia Stellata

Also known as Star Magnolia, the Magnolia Stellata is perhaps the best magnolia to be grown as a bonsai. It is a slow-grower that takes years to form a thick-enough trunk of a true bonsai. 

 

Magnolia Stellata Bonsai Tree
 A Magnolia Stellata bonsai tree by @giacomo_casali

 

When it blossoms, Star Magnolia produces large blooms that are white or pink in color, with a subtle citrusy scent. Who wouldn't want such a combination of qualities in their indoor spaces?

The Colorful Azalea Bonsai

Azaleas are widely known for their eye-catching flowers that come in many colors and different shapes and sizes. When nurtured as bonsais, azaleas are therefore expected to bring out in all their glory, all the colorful qualities that they possess. After all, they are touted to add color to the art of bonsai!

 

Pink flowers on bonsai
A bonsai tree with pink flowers by Quang Nguyen Vinh

 

From pink, to white and red, azalea blooms would be quite an enchanting sight to behold in any setting, especially when they are planted as miniature trees indoors. While they mostly prefer the outdoors, these bonsais can also be grown indoors. Of course with lots of care and tending.

The Fruity Cotoneaster Bonsai

Picture a bonsai tree that ornaments the indoors and at the same time gives you berries, and the Cotoneaster is what you get. The Cotoneaster is an ideal pick for nurturing as attractive bonsai trees, particularly in small sizes.

 

fruity bonsai
A miniature tree with red fruits by IlonaBurschl

 

Most species of this plant have small dark green glossy leaves and bloom tiny white flowers in spring, then red, orange or yellow, apple-shaped fruits. Its easy-care properties also make it an ideal choice for many bonsai enthusiasts.

The Ever-Changing Crepe Myrtle Bonsai

The Crepe Myrtle is an exciting tree largely because of its versatile nature and ability to transform its appearance. For instance, the colors of the trunk change as the tree sheds its bark from season to season and becomes even more beautiful as the tree ages.

 

Crepe Myrtle Bonsai
A Crepe Myrtle bonsai with red flowers by @2nakedcatsandbonsais

 

Its flowers also change from reds to oranges and yellows, according to the prevailing season. Another exciting quality of the Crepe Myrtle bonsai is its beautiful foliage that changes its color in fall. The tree comes in a number of varieties and different bloom colors.

The Colorful Japanese Maple Bonsai

Acer Palmatum is the other name for this beautiful tree that is originally from Japan, China, and Kore and comes in at least five varieties for bonsai-making. These trees are often considered among the most beautiful to look at.

 
A Miniature Japanese Maple Bonsai
A Japanese maple bonsai by @masaaki_umezawa
 

Their foliage attains brilliant colors of yellow, orange, burgundy, or red, especially during fall. In spring, the new leaves are often colored yellow or orange. And the tree produces reddish flowers that come in clusters. As a young tree, its bark is usually reddish or green and turns grey as the tree ages. So much color in a single tree!

The Flowery Wisteria Bonsai

With its blue, lavender, purple, or white colors depending on the species, wisteria bonsai trees are among the most enchanting sights that one can have inside their home, office space, or lounge.

It grows quite fast compared to numerous others and after fully blooming, the tree’s trunk and branches are hidden under the purples or blues of the blossoms, as well as the leaves and dangling flower-covered tendrils. It also produces a fragrance from its flowers, that refreshes the indoors.

 

A Flowering Wisteria Bonsai Tree
A flowering Wisteria bonsai tree by @bonsai.art.magazin

 

It is worth noting that bonsai trees grown indoors require special care and provision of numerous requirements than an ordinary bonsai would need when grown outdoors. Also, many of these miniature trees thrive well and show their true colors in fall just when wintry conditions approach. Nevertheless, you can still try any of these bonsais and experience what they offer!

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