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Roseapple/Myrtle [Syzygium buxifolium] Beginners Flowering & Fruiting Bonsai

Syzygium Bonsai tree for sale

Roseapple/Myrtle – Indoor bonsai are a popular way to bring nature into the home, and the Roseapple (Syzygium buxifolium) bonsai tree is an excellent choice for those seeking a beautiful flowering variety. This tree is native to Southeast Asia and is particularly hardy, making it a popular choice for indoor bonsai enthusiasts.

The Roseapple/Myrtle has small, glossy, dark green leaves that feature a red tinge to the tips. The canopy is full and vibrant, giving it a neat and tidy appearance. It produces small, white, fragrant flowers that bloom in the summer and give way to small, edible fruit in the autumn. The fruit is about the size of a cherry and has a sweet, slightly tangy taste. Featuring both fruits and flowers, the Syzygium bonsai tree is a gorgeous little plant, and is perfect for everyone.

Caring for the Roseapple Bonsai Tree

This tree is easy to care for, making it a great choice for beginners. It thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers to be kept moist but not waterlogged. It is important to water the Roseapple Myrtle thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s essential to make sure the soil has adequate drainage. You can find a link to our watering video here watering is the most important part of caring for a bonsai tree.

The Roseapple/Myrtle is a slow-growing tree, so it doesn’t require frequent pruning. However, occasional trimming can help to maintain its shape and promote new growth. Pruning is a fun and enjoyable part of growing a bonsai tree, and can help reduce stress and improve mental health. We have produced a bonsai pruning video, with lots of tips and advice on trimming your lovely little tree.

Fertilising the Roseapple Myrtle

Fertilising is also important for its growth and health. It is recommended to fertilise once a week all year round. We recommend using our specially-made bonsai fertiliser, which is produced specifically for bonsai. Over-fertilising can cause damage to the tree’s roots, so it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully.

One of the benefits of the Roseapple bonsai tree is that it can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. This makes it suitable for indoor growing. It prefers temperatures between 16-29°C, but can tolerate temperatures as low as 10°C. Please avoid placing the tree near drafts or heating/cooling vents; this can lead to fluctuations in temperature and humidity levels, and can lead to dramatic leaf drop and lack of growth.

The Roseapple/Myrtle can be styled into many different shapes and forms. It responds well to wiring and can be trained into cascading or upright styles. Its small size makes it a great choice for creating miniature landscapes or forest scenes. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Roseapple Myrtle is a slow-growing tree and may take several years to achieve the desired shape.

Roseapple Bonsai Meaning

Furthermore, the Roseapple bonsai has been a symbol of love, hence has become an emblem for marriage. It is also believed to be the flower of the gods, being sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This bonsai also symbolises good fortune. It is believed that cultivating a Roseapple plant will usher in peace and love to your home. This plant is also considered a representation for long life, as well as joyful living. It is very elegant bonsai tree that many people love to grow in their homes.

The Roseapple Myrtle (Syzygium) bonsai tree is a beautiful and fruiting variety of indoor bonsai. It is easy to care for and suitable for beginners. Its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and edible fruit make it a highly desirable tree. With proper care and maintenance, the Roseapple Myrtle can thrive for many years, bringing a touch of nature and beauty to any indoor space.

Ligustrum sinense – A Beautiful Indoor Bonsai for Beginners

Ligustrum sinense indoor bonsai tree
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Fun to prune
  • Easy to care for
  • Low maintenance
  • Fast growing
  • Strong and vigorous
Ligustrum sinense beginners bonsai for sale

A most fabulous fast growing indoor bonsai which is fun to grow, easy to care for and ideal for practising wiring & styling techniques. This vigorous bonsai is ideal for beginners and displays a strong structure and highly defined shape. Soft bright green leaves for a pretty canopy.

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The Ligustrum sinense is a fabulous indoor bonsai variety and a relative of the Olive tree (Oleaceae Family). This is without doubt an all-time favourite beginners indoor bonsai and has so much to offer. It is very fast growing, making it fun to prune and style. They are very easy to care for and not fussy about where it should be positioned. It has a strong and vigorous trunk and shoots, resulting in bonsai with a powerful and artistic structure.

A beautiful indoor bonsai!

The leaves of this beautiful indoor bonsai have great proportions with smooth edges and a wonderful fresh spring green in colour. This results in a very pretty and full canopy of leaves.
As the bonsai matures it also displays pretty white/creamy coloured flowers.
Grown as an indoor bonsai variety the Ligustrum is evergreen and keeps its leaves all year round. In our experience leaf drop is absolutely minimal.
As a fast growing bonsai species this bonsai is a hungry tree which likes to be frequently fed with bonsai food, but is very rewarding.
A great variety to practice bonsai skills such as pruning and wiring. It is easy to style and will produce a well structured and highly artistic bonsai. It will form beautiful informal upright or broom style bonsai trees.

We believe this to be an exceptional bonsai that does not receive the credit that it deserves.
An under-rated indoor bonsai variety in our opinion but one we highly recommend.

Tree meanings

Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
The Ligustrum sinense symbolises peace and friendship.

Ligustrum Indoor Bonsai Care Summary

Positioning & Temperature

The Ligustrum is an easy indoor bonsai species to care for. It likes a bright position, with good natural daylight, but as with all bonsai, should not be placed in a very hot position in mid-summer. It is not fussy about temperature, but it is not frost hardy so would not be suitable to grow as an outdoor bonsai during the winter months.


Watering is a lovely and essential part of bonsai tree care. It is a simple, yet vital part of growing bonsai and only takes a few seconds. We recommend whilst you are learning to check the soil daily. If the soil is wet or very damp, please do not water your bonsai. When the soil starts to firm and feels barely damp to the touch, water well by either standing the bonsai in water for a few minutes or by pouring water over the soil surface to re-wet the root ball evenly.


Misting the leaves of your Ligustrum bonsai is not essential, but does enhance the growth during winter months in particular. In the winter, when the central heating is on, the air can get very dry and misting will simply replace some of the lost humidity and encourage new foliage growth.


Feeding bonsai trees is good practice. The bonsai rely on us to provide the nutrients and trace elements they need. A well balanced bonsai feed, such as Bonsai Direct Fertiliser, will maintain healthy and beautiful trees and promote growth, fruiting and flowering.


The Ligustrum Bonsai is a relatively fast growing bonsai variety and is fun to prune and style. The new shoots are often flecked with russet tones which really does make it look very pretty. To maintain the lovely highly defined foliage pads and pretty canopy it is important not to let the shoots grow too long and straggly. By keeping the shoots trimmed, you will be encouraging back budding and new leaves to grow. Most new growth will appear during spring or summer. Allow a shoot to grow approx. 4cm and then prune back to the first two new leaves. Use a sharp pair of bonsai pruning scissors to do this. Within 4-6 weeks you can usually see signs of new shoots emerging further back down the branches, it is very rewarding.
If you would like to try some re-styling you could try some wiring techniques. Generally, wiring is used to give a branch or slender trunk more character and shape.

Growing/Propagating your own Ligustrum bonsai trees

We are frequently asked for bonsai seed kits but the reality is that thee kits are rather a disappointed. They frequently don’t germinate and it is not the best way to propagate indoor bonsai trees. You are far better to purchase a bonsai, so you can enjoy growing it, and propagate new bonsai by taking cuttings.
These are best taken in spring. Allow new shoots to grow 8-10cm and then prune with clean pruning scissors. Pop these cuttings into some fresh multipurpose compost in a small pot. Water them and then keep misting to maintain humidity.

Re-potting your bonsai

If a bonsai becomes pot bound the roots cannot grow. Consequently, the tree cannot grow. The younger the tree the quicker it is growing and the more frequently it will require root pruning or re-potting. As a general rule you are looking at approximately every 2-3 years, and older specimens every 4-5 years. If the pot that your bonsai is in is aesthetically large enough, you may simply be able to root prune your bonsai and it may not require a larger pot at all. Re-potting is best done when the bonsai is actively growing during the warmer summer months. If the bonsai requires a larger pot, simply lift the root ball out of the current pot, tease out approximately one quarter of the root ball with a chop stick to loosen the roots around the edge and position into its new, slightly larger, pot. Use good quality, free draining soil, such as Akadama, and work around the edge of the pot. Stand your re-potted bonsai in water, so that the water covers the whole pot, for approximately 5 mins and then allow to drain.

Akadama is a high quality Japanese bonsai soil made from dried loam. It is granular, so is free flowing and easy and clean to work with. The small balls also encourage the growth of lovely fibrous feeder roots, which is what we want when growing bonsai trees.

Bonsai tips

Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai, they are not overly keen!
Ligustrum bonsai trees respond well to the use of a Plant Invigorator to help keep the free from pests and help promote new growth. We use this weekly as a preventive measure.

Our Ultimate Beginners Bonsai Tree Kit – why is it recommended?

Our Ultimate Beginners Bonsai Tree Kit

Our ultimate indoor bonsai tree kit is a fantastic way to get started in growing bonsai. It is designed with beginners in mind. The kit includes everything you need to get started with the wonderful world of bonsai cultivation:

The Ligustrum sinense is a fast-growing variety which is fun to style and prune; it’s great for learning wiring techniques. The strong structure, defined shape and beautiful proportions make it ideally suited to be grown as broom or twisty bonsai.

Because our bonsai are generally quite mature, they are therefore easy to maintain and extremely rewarding to grow. Thus, making it the perfect variety for beginners.

The Ligustrum has a lush canopy of well-proportioned leaves and pretty exposed roots. It is an exceptionally artistic variety symbolising peace, harmony and friendship. We sit the trees in a large rectangular blue ceramic pot, thereby creating a bigger reservoir of water. In addition, we include a nickel colour mister/sprayer. This allows you to maintain the correct humidity during colder periods when the central heating is on.

We also include a drip tray for catching excess water, bonsai pruning scissors for styling and shaping and fertiliser to provide the necessary nutrients to keep the tree strong and healthy. Our bonsai care handbook offers further information on bonsai care as well as information on other varieties of bonsai trees.

Additionally, we also have in-depth training videos on our website from bonsai master Lloyd Noall to help guide you every step of the way.

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My First Bonsai by Calista White

Bonsai Blog by Calista White

My first bonsai was a beautiful Ligustrum from Bonsai Direct.

The bonsai I was given has an elegant ‘s-shaped’ trunk and the leaves are a stunning dark-green. It was within a blue pot, and the overall appearance of the tree was absolutely magnificent.

My Ligustrum was given to me as a birthday gift, and I was glad to hear that it was good for beginners as it was easy to care for. At first, I was worried because I had no idea how to look after a bonsai! Fortunately, it came with a care handbook, which explained all that I need to know to keep my little tree alive and well.

I was surprised by how easily I could keep my tree in-shape and healthy. Even for those who have not had much luck with plants in the past, I would still recommend bonsais as the amount of skill needed is remarkably low. This makes them a perfect gift, even for someone that has never even heard of a bonsai before!

I was, in fact, so charmed by my first bonsai that I couldn’t help but buy myself another. This one was a baby elm: smaller than my Ligustrum but lovely in its own right. Its short trunk stands straight and branches outwards from the top. It is, I must say, rather adorable.

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