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Outdoor Bonsai

Outdoor bonsai are a wonderful way to add some colour to your outdoor space. Whether you have a tiled balcony in a block of flats that needs some greenery or acres of land you’d like to brighten up, we have an ever growing range of outdoor trees. Outdoor bonsai are mostly deciduous therefore they will enter a dormancy period during winter where they will drop all of their leaves.

Japanese Maple

The Japanese Maple or Acer Palmatum is one of our most popular outdoor species. We tend to have a few different variations of these trees with gorgeous colours and distinct leaf shape. These trees are ever changing through the seasons. With the Maples, we will see a range of colours from green, golds and oranges to fiery reds! Acers are easy bonsai to care for and are an excellent choice when adding a touch of nature to your garden.

Japanese Cherry Blossom

The Japanese Cherry Blossom or Prunus Incisa Kojo-No-Mai is another extremely sought after tree. We have always got a waitlist for these bonsai! Due to their late winter/early spring bloom, we usually sell the trees that are ready that year from January – March (they’re out of stock by that time). These captivating bonsai have zigzag shaped branches which display pale pink/white flowers which blossom from crimson buds, their foliage turns to striking orange, gold and red colours during autumn.
Kojo No Mai actually means “flight of the butterfly ” which is very fitting as the flowers look like butterflies in the wind when they drop.

Japanese Mountain Pine

The Mountain Pine or Pinus Mugo is native to Europe, where it is typically found growing in the mountains. These bonsai are full of character through there interesting trunks, they are very powerful trees which are actually associated with masculinity. The “candles” of growth form fresh green needles. In many cultures, the Pine is viewed as honourable, strong and wise.

Chinese Juniper

The Juniper or Juniperus Chineseus are native to Europe, Asia and North America and are popular due to being easy to care for. These trees have needle-like foliage which is usually dark green but they tend to display a steel blue colour too. Junipers are steady growing trees and have a natural downward growth habit.

European Larch

The European Larch or Larix are part of the tall coniferous family; this variety is deciduous unlike most coniferous trees. They have quickly thickening trunks which display beautiful texture! The canopy consists of fresh needles which are a stunning yellow colour during autumn. This variety is extremely hardy through winter and exhibits lovely budding in spring.

We have many more varieties which we can talk about in another post. You can find them here ranging from £29.99 to over £10,000.

Japanese Flowering Cherry Blossom Bonsai Trees for Sale

Japanese Flowering Cherry Blossom Bonsai –
A real Bonsai tree with the most sensational pale -pink blossom.

Bonsai Tree Meaning | Tree Symbolism: fragility, the beauty of life, good fortune and future happiness

Flowering Cherry Blossom Bonsai tree (Prunus Incisa Kojo-no-mai) is the most popular real bonsai bonsai for sale in the UK. An extremely beautiful deciduous bonsai type. In Japan, they are highly regarded as the most ornamental species. They are most renowned for their pale pink / white flowers which blossom from crimson buds before leaves emerge from the zig zag branches in the spring. They also display striking orange, red and gold autumnal foliage colours. Rich colours from the autumnal cherry fruits are another wonderful attribute of this species.

Cherry Blossom trees are also known as Fuji Cherry Bonsai.

Fuji Cherry Bonsai are from the “Rosacea” family which developed it’s name from the incised leaves. It is arguably the best flowering bonsai tree!

Descended from the mountainous Fuji Cherry of Japan, these trees are full of Japanese history. The understanding of the Cherry Blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In Japan, the Cherry Blossom displays the fragility and the beauty of life. They make a perfect gift for family and friends.
“Kojo No Mai” actually means “flight of the butterflies” which is very apt for this tree as when the flowers begin to drop they look like butterflies floating in the wind.

I love the Japanese Flowering Cherry Blossom tree. It is a beautiful outdoor bonsai species which will enhance any garden, patio or decking. With constantly changing beauty the cherry blossom has so much to admire.

A Sensational Bonsai with a beautiful meaning – Fragility, The Beauty of Life, Good Fortune and Future Happiness.

Japanese Cherry Blossoms, in general, symbolise the transient beauty and fleeting nature of life. It’s like a reminder that beautiful moments can be fleeting, but that doesn’t make them any less precious. And ‘Kojo no mai’ takes that symbolism even further.

The zigzag branches of ‘Kojo no mai’ represent the twists and turns we all encounter in life’s journey. The stunning leaves and blossoms remind us to appreciate the small, simple things in life – those moments that might seem insignificant but hold so much beauty and wonder.

When The Cherry Tree blooms, it’s like a celebration of the moments of joy and true beauty. These bonsai tree prefer a bright position and a fully hardy.

The Perfect Flowering Gift Idea

What could be better than gifting a Cherry Blossom Bonsai tree. With its stunning flowers, fruits and leaves and wonderful symbolism of good fortune and future happiness. Bonsai Direct offers FREE next working day delivery to most of the UK and you can choose the delivery date on the calendar at the checkout. An exquisite bonsai choice which would make a unique and unusual gift idea for him or her. We also offer AM deliveries and deliver on both Saturdays and Sundays for the ultimate convenience. You can also add a complimentary greetings message at the checkout.

Incredible Large Mature Japanese White Beech Outdoor Hardy Bonsai for Sale

Japanese White Beech Bonsai – (Fagus Crenata)

The Japanese White Beech bonsai (Fagus Crenata), also known as Siebold’s Beech, is a tree native to Japan. There, it is a feature of many deciduous forests, growing particularly well in north-east Honshu – Japan’s largest island – but is restricted to mountainous areas closer to the south-west. As a tree, it can reach an impressive height of 35 metres (115 ft), where it is topped with a rounded crown. It gives a graceful yet powerful impression, with an easy charm.

In the Western world, however, Japanese White Beech are much more unusual. They are typically found only as a bonsai and, even then, they are difficult to come by. They are a hardy variety of bonsai that is best suited outdoors, making it an easy tree to care for. With a smooth grey bark and simple but striking leaves, it becomes an elegant feature for any garden.

This specific bonsai is a beautiful example of the Japanese White Beech (Fagus Crenata), well-established at 30 years old. From those years, it has reached a height of over 80cm, a substantial and striking example of such a tree. Its exposed roots and nebari enhance this bonsai’s elegance, giving it a unique charm. The trunk extends upwards and tapers gracefully to where its branches then reach outwards, supporting a beautiful crown of large and bright leaves.

It is centred in a dark teal pot – engraved and painted in a bright yellow and red, depicting a scene of blossoming flowers – which only adds to this bonsai’s overall beauty.

Fagus crenata outdoor bonsai for sale
Japanese White Beech Bonsai (OD41) with beautiful taper & styling

Lovely teal pot with etchings and spring blossom
Lovely teal pot with etchings and spring blossom

Beautiful exposed roots on this mature Fagus crenata
Beautiful exposed roots on this mature Fagus crenata

Why does our Outdoor Bonsai Stock vary throughout the year?

Outdoor bonsai trees for sale ….. Watch this space.

If you have ever wondered why our outdoor bonsai stock varies so greatly at different times of year, please let me explain.
Firstly, our range and diversity of outdoor hardy trees is vast and includes both deciduous and evergreen species. From late autumn to early spring i.e. throughout winter months, many of these bonsai are dormant and will have dropped their leaves. From experience we have found that people prefer bonsai to be photographed in leaf, so this narrows our window of being able to photograph these lovely beauties significantly.
The potting season for indoor trees is vast whereas outdoor bonsai need to be potted when out of leaf but not during the harshest part of winter. This essentially means that we pot through February and March.
Now for the exciting months… New buds and leaves start to develop from April. So, by May we can start adding all our beautiful outdoor bonsai range onto our website. We love this time of year. You will consequently notice that through late spring and early summer our outdoor bonsai range increases tenfold.
Please be patient… Spring is around the corner and we shall be adding hundreds of new bonsai trees to this outstanding range. In the meantime, please clear your gardens and prepare your patios for some summer splendour!
Our new stock of beautiful coloured maples, larch and more will be on our website soon.

Looking for something extra special? Check out our specimen range.

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) as outdoor bonsai

Japanese Maples as bonsai

Japanese Maples (Acer) bonsai have always been a bonsai classic, a favourite celebrated all over the world.
Maples are beautiful ornamental trees of which there are many species, often renowned for their vibrant leaf colours.
Most are shade tolerant and are distinguished by their leaf arrangement and distinctive fruits sometimes known as “helicopters” or “whirlybirds”. The attributes of the maple family as bonsai trees is endless – beautiful colour, beautiful proportions, hardy bonsai, wonderful leaf shape.

One of the favourites is the Japanese Red Maple (Acer palmatum deshojo). The latin name ‘palmatum‘ comes from the hand/palm shaped leaves, which often have five pointed lobes.
This delightful outdoor bonsai tree exhibits truly beautiful and vibrant spring and autumn foliage which is a vivid red, fading to pinky/green in the summer months. The bark is often red when young turning a lovely silvery colour as the trunk matures.

Acer palmatum deshojo bonsai

Another fabulous variety is Acer palmatum katsura which displays vibrant orange leaves during the spring, turning greener during the summer and followed by a distinctive flame yellow in the autumn.

Japanese Maple with orange leaves
Katsura maple bonsai for sale

When considering the attributes of maple bonsai it is important not to overlook the English Maple (Acer campestre). This native bonsai will not disappoint. It has a beautiful leaf shape and incredible yellow/orange/red autumn leaf colour.
The most hardy of all the maple family so a great choice.

Acer campestre

Why I love the English Oak [Quercus robur] bonsai tree for the garden

A beautiful bonsai with spectacular design

The English Oak, or Quercus robur, as it is known in latin is, unsurprisingly, a national favourite.
One of the reasons why I love the English Oak is, I believe, they ooze character.
English Oaks typically have large, sturdy trunks which, once aged, have fascinating individual details and engravings. Each bonsai has a unique story and so each bonsai tree also has a completely different trunk to the next. This gives each and every one a sense of individuality despite their similar, signature appearance.

The Oak is an emblem of power, strength, ancient wisdom and survival. This has been perfectly reflected through their hardy nature and structure. Many nations, including England, have chosen the Oak as their national tree.

In addition to this, the English Oak is representative of qualities related to power and durability. They are also considered a bearer of good luck, fertility, potency, healing and health.

King of the English woodland

A feature I really admire of oak trees is their vibrant green leaves with perfectly defined, patterned edges. It’s not hard to see why they are the ultimate telltale signs of an Oak tree. After all, their marvellously symmetric and slender lobed leaves are truly striking to those with attention to small details, even when so many are combined in a dense canopy.

Another reason why an English Oak is one of my favourite trees is that they have a sense of warmth about them. The size and exemplary proportions from years of work and development, gives the larger oak trees an air of wisdom, making them a comforting- yet powerful- presence wherever they may be placed.
I believe that the oak is one of the best choices of bonsai due to their immense character and unequalled charm.

Juniper Bonsai & Pine Bonsai | Evergreen Favourites

Pine and Juniper bonsai trees hold an enchanting attraction in the world of bonsai. These living artworks are evergreen and display the most wondrous & natural character in miniature form. Pine bonsai, with their delicate needles and graceful branches, evoke a sense of tranquillity and endurance. Whereas, Juniper bonsai trees with their textured bark and twisting forms, capture a rugged and wild beauty.

Symbolism & Meaning – Pine & Juniper Bonsai Trees

The pine bonsai tree is often seen as a symbol of good qualities and a long life. Additionally, the pine tree is seen as a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and a bright and hopeful future.
The Chinese Juniper Bonsai signifies strength, wisdom, and beauty. Moreover, the strength of the juniper tree is seen in its ability to survive in harsh climates and rocky outcrops.

Japanese White Pine Bonsai (Pinus parviflora)

Probably the most popular bonsai in Japan. Occasionally, known as five-needle pine tree. A beautiful coniferous evergreen bonsai which we keep fairly dry. Fully hardy outdoor bonsai which will tolerate a sunny position. Forms fantastic trunk and branches, very slow growing with amazing character. Furthermore, it has been styled using both pruning and wiring techniques. Fantastic bonsai with its slender needles arranged in clusters of five and graceful, sweeping branches. The bark is pale and silvery and it has small cones as it matures.

Japanese Black Pine Bonsai (Pinus thunbergii)

A stunning bonsai with both power and grace. A beautiful evergreen bonsai which needs to be kept fairly dry. A fully hardy outdoor bonsai which will tolerate a sunny position. Forms fantastic trunk and branches, very slow growing with amazing character. Moreover this incredible bonsai can be styled using both pruning and wiring techniques. Fantastic bonsai which has dark, fissured bark and vibrant green needles. It displays lovely ‘candles’ of new growth in the spring season. Specifically, this tree is remarkably resistant to harsh conditions such as cold winter winds, salt spray & drought.

Dwarf Mountain Pine Bonsai (Pinus Mugo mops)

The Dwarf Mountain Pine Bonsai (Pinus mugo ‘Mops‘) is a beautiful representation of rugged pine tree in a miniature form. Overall, with its compact size and densely packed needles, this bonsai variety mirrors the essence of alpine landscapes. It has deep green foliage and a distinctive rounded growth habit. A highly adaptability bonsai which thrives in a variety of environments. Undeniably the gnarled and weathered appearance of its bark adds a touch of age and character. The most superb slow growing evergreen dwarf pine bonsai. Perfect for beginners with very easy care.

Mediterranean Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis)

The Mediterranean Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis) is a spectacular hardy evergreen bonsai from drier Mediterranean landscapes. With its distinctive long, slender needles and rugged, reddish-brown bark, this pine species is extremely tasteful. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has adapted to thrive in challenging conditions, its branches often styled in a windswept coastal style.

Chinese Juniper Bonsai (Juniperus chinensis)

A bonsai favourite. This wonderful evergreen bonsai has it all , naturally small foliage, incredible character throughout the trunk and branches, it’s evergreen and has beautiful flaky bark. Significantly the juvenile foliage of the juniper is spiky but as it matures soft ‘pads’ of foliage are formed. The juniper responds very well to training by pruning and wiring. Please be careful to check the wire weekly to prevent scaring. Juniper Bonsai thrive in a very sunny position. Consequently we keep them on the dry side, in a free draining soil. Very hardy. Undoubtedly the juniper is a much loved evergreen that brightens up the winter months with its purple berries.

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