BONSAI PHOTOS

Bonsai (pronounced 'bone-sigh') is defined as the craft of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small, shallow pots. During a recent visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa, we captured photos of their magnificent bonsai collection.

While Ficus appeared to be the most widely used plant for bonsai, there were many other varieties of plants in the bonsai display, such as Buddleja, Podocarpus, Rhododendron, and Schefflera.

These plants are kept 'dwarfed' by regular pruning of the roots and branches, while trying to create the look of a mature tree out in nature. They are usually grown in shallow clay pots that are unique in their own right.


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Ficus benjamina
Weeping Fig bonsai in training since 1989

Artist: Keith Scott


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Ficus benjamina
Weeping Fig bonsai in training since 1993

Artist: Keith Scott


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Azalea bonsai in full flower


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Ficus microcarpa
Green Island Fig bonsai


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Buddleja indica
Indoor Oak bonsai in training since 1994


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Podocarpus macrophyllus
Buddhist Pine bonsai in training since 1993


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Ficus benjamina
Weeping Fig bonsai in training since 1976

Artist: John Naka


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Ficus benjamina
Weeping Fig bonsai


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Bonsai with that look of a wind-bent tree


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Without the shallow pot this would look exactly like an old tree outdoors


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Podocarpus macrophyllus

Buddhist Pine bonsai in training since 1993


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Ficus benjamina

Weeping Fig bonsai in training since 1995


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Schefflera arboricola

Umbrella tree bonsai in training since 1990

Artist: Kevin Haughey


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Podocarpus macrophyllus

Buddhist Pine bonsai

Artist: Keith Scott


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Weathered rocks create an authentic look in this bonsai


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Ficus nerlifolia

Willow-Leaf Fig


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Variegated foliage adds interest to this bonsai


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Ficus benjamina

Weeping Fig bonsai in training since 1989

Artist: Ralph Dukstein