Bonsai size

The Bonsai world has gifted us with a great number of tree species to let us enjoy our hobby, which as previously described, intends to reproduce a miniature specimen of the original tree found in nature by showing specific characteristics.

Bonsai are displayed in different sizes divided into four main categories: mini (mame), small (shohin), medium (kifu), and large (daiza). These categories are related to how many hands are needed to carry the tree. For instance, the trees that can be held within the fingers would be in the mame category while trees that can be carried with one hand would be in the shohin category, those that need two hands would be in the kifu, and the rest that need more than two hands would be classified as daiza. These four groups also have subcategories and are further classified.

A bonsai can be as small as around five centimetres, and such as bonsai are usually classified as shito. A bonsai big enough to reach about two meters is classified as imperial.

The mame bonsai category contains keshi-tsubu, and shito. The first category goes up to around two to two and a half centimetres, and the second up to seven. These bonsai are very small and quite challenging, and they may require a more experienced carer.

The shohin bonsai are the small category, which includes komono, gafu, and myabi. These categories go up to eighteen, twenty, and twenty-five centimetres, respectively. Shohin are becoming more and more popular because they require very little space and suit those people with a little living area very well.

The medium size (kifu) has two subcategories: katade-mochi (my favourite size of tree) reaches a rough maximum height of forty centimetres, and chiu goes up to sixty centimetres.

Last but not least is the large category (daiza). At the top of the list, we find the previously mentioned imperial bonsai—the tallest of its category. Included in this classification, we also find omono and hachi-uye in order from smaller to taller before the imperial bonsai. Those two subcategories go up to one hundred twenty centimetres and one hundred fifty centimetres, respectively.

Bonsai trees are beautiful living organisms, and no matter the size, they all require love and care.

Enjoy bonsai!


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