Bonsai is pronounced "bone-sigh."
Even though a bonsai tree might only be a few years old, it should look like it's a mature tree (in other words, it should look more like an adult than a teenager!). Compare our oldest bonsai with one of our younger ones:
(What looks the
Did you know that if you took a tree that's been growing in a pot as a bonsai and planted it outdoors in the ground and left it alone, it would grow into a full-sized tree? Pruning (carefully trimming) the branches and roots of a tree is what helps keep it small enough to be a bonsai.
How to find the Japanese White Pine at the Arboretum:
You will see it as you enter the Japanese Pavilion in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.
Scientific name for Japanese White Pine: Pinus parviflora
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