Toxic Bonsai I

Taiga Bonzai

Toxic Bonsai (Part I)

In the early days of bonsai horticulture tree varieties included the Juniper JuniperusSpruce PiceaPine Pinus andLarch Larix. As time progressed, more species were added for example, flower and fruiting varieties WisteriaFloribunda and Azalea genus Rhododendron, in the genus Prunus plum, cherry, peach and apricot. Today many other species from around the globe have now become part of bonsai horticulture including those which may be considered as common, the European Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum theunusual Acacia genus Acacia and the exotic, the Madagascar Euphorbia miliidescribed below.

Many bonsai enthusiasts either have traditional collections predominantly coniferous, whilst others prefer deciduous and some will have an assortment of species. These artistically shaped miniature trees portray delicate, graceful and rugged forms and although their beauty is beholding, all is not what it seems. These little adaptations are able to produce…

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