from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays.
- n. A tree or shrub grown by this method.
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- n. A tree or plant that has been miniaturized by restriction of its roots and by careful pruning.
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- n. a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot
"This variation of bonsai is Japanese Red Maple," the host explained.
The word bonsai is used in the West as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots.
It's also used in small, desktop rock gardens and as a base in Japanese bonsai-tree kits.
"You can't drive down a block on Beacon Hill without seeing them," says Joel Lee of the plant sculptures he refers to as bonsai on his popular neighborhood blog.
In Chinese, the word bonsai means 'tree in a pot'.
Smells delish, but the bonsai is still a little strong, so it could be lowered a little more:) It has bentonite clay beads in the top layer, and black oxide sprinkled/dusted dry between the layers.
A bonsai is a normal tree whose development is not halted but rather guided in order to obtain a healthy miniaturised tree.
Small has always been beautiful in Japan, whether you think of the mini-component audio systems the country pioneered in the 1970s, its cultural love affair with miniaturized potted plants known as bonsai, or the current rage for small-engine mini-cars.
"We tell new people that your bonsai is your idea," Cavalli said, noting that the group is open to people of all levels.
There are several varieties of this twisted specimen most prized for bonsai, which is why we have one sitting in a bonsai-in-waiting pot.