Styles & Shapes of Bonsai Trees
Bonsai trees and plants vary greatly in style and size. Miniature specimens, up to 6 inches tall, are usually naturally dwarf plants trained even smaller. Small bonsai stand up to 12 inches tall, and medium trees from 1 – 2 1/2 feet.
Bonsai do not have to be small however, with some magnificent trees at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo growing more than 6 feet tall. These plants are hundreds of years old!
The most important classification of style refers to the angle at which the trunk stands in the container. These range from the formal upright style, in which the trunk grows straight and vertical, to the full cascade, in which the bonsai tree is trained so that the upper growth sweeps down below the pot.
The most popular bonsai styles today are the simple but relaxed forms such as the informal upright and leaning styles, together with small groups.