Bonsai trees are known as an art form as well as garden and home decor. They are small trees grown in containers indoors or outdoors, and are grown in an aesthetic way that is pleasing to the eye. This practice has been popular in China since 200 A.D., and spread to Western cultures rapidly. Growing bonsai trees is said to bring one shin-zen-bi, which means goodness, beauty and truth. Cherry bonsai trees grow best outside of the Midwest and South, where there is lots of moisture and cooler winters, but they can be grown indoors anywhere.
Brush Cherry Bonsai
This bonsai has small glossy leaves with red highlights (when exposed to sunlight), and produces little white flowers. At maximum growth (10 years), it is about 14 inches tall, which is the ideal height for a bonsai tree. Although it is considered an evergreen tree, the flowers produce cherries that are edible and beautiful. It is ideal for indoor growing by a window, and is native to Florida.
Barbados Cherry Bonsai Tree
This bonsai variety has edible fruit and is native to St. Croix, Trinidad and Curacao. It is recognized by the weeping willow-like twigs and branches, with rosy flowers and clusters of bright, round cherries. This bonsai is ideal for indoor growing, and produces acidic, juicy fruits.
Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree
This bonsai is a sub-tropical evergreen bonsai with red, flaky bark, dark green leaves that grow in twos and small white flowers in spring that are followed by bright red cherry fruit. It is ideal for growing outside in the southern part of North America, but it also grows well indoors.