Bonsai Collection

A collection of deciduous and coniferous temperate woody trees and shrubs cultivated using the techniques of the Bonsai Japanese art form to produce miniature specimens.


Location: Bonsai House and Walled Garden

Taxa: 19  Accessions: 84  Wild-sourced: 12%

Geographic strengths: China and Japan

Taxonomic strengths: Juniper, Acer and Prunus

Notable specimens: a bonsai Acer palmatum that is approximately 100 years old; two Juniperus chinensis specimens that are thought to be the earliest bonsai imported into the UK (1935); and a specimen of Juniperus rigida representing the ‘sharimiki’ or driftwood style, which is thought to be 200 years old