Glossary of Bonsai Terms

 

Bonsai

A tree, shrub, or plant grown in or on a container as a miniature version of the life size specimen.


Yamadori

A tree, shrub, or plant collected from the wild or urban setting and grown with the intent of training for a bonsai tree.


Mame

Miniature bonsai, bonsai that fits into the palm of your hand.


Apex

The top third portion of a tree’s branch structure and foliage mass.


Nebari

The ring of surface roots around the base of a bonsai tree.


Cutting

A branch taken from new growth and placed into a growing solution to trigger spontaneous root growth around the cut.


Jin

A dead area of a branch or whole branch that extends from the trunk of the bonsai tree.


Shari

The dead wood, or dead surface area, of the trunk.


Raffia

A reed used to protect a branch from cracking during extreme bending and wiring.