Spanish Miniature Olive Tree Bonsai
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology.
"Bonsai" is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term penzai. A "bon" is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. The word bonsai is often used in English as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots.
The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine, or for creating landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.
Bonsai Olive Tree
It is true that olive trees do not fit the common Bonsai mould and do not readily spring to mind when considering the world of Bonsai. However, artists do create Bonsai from olive trees and they are as spectacular as any!
The Bonsai olive tree is an amazing tree that rests in history as a beloved and adored tree. Olives feature in Egyptian history and art, Greek and Roman history and a number of historical books from various cultures dating back to early A.D.
The Olive tree in the wild is usually found, or is native to, the Mediterranean. As you’ve probably already guessed, places such as Italy and Greece are home to Olive trees, which grow vigorously.
Like any Bonsai, Bonsai olive trees generally consist of a group of suited species, including the popular Cailletier (black olive) and the Picholene (green olive).
It is a fantastic thing to own a Bonsai olive tree. They are a fruiting tree and will provide you with Bonsai olives!