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The Best Outdoor Bonsai Tree Type For Your Climate

What’s the best outdoor bonsai tree for the climate in which you live?

Did you know that bonsai trees are meant to be outdoors? Even though some varieties can survive in an indoor environment, these are trees, after all. The temperature shifts, and the direct sunlight found outdoors can be difficult to replicate in your home or office. So if you’ve had your eye on a bonsai tree as the perfect addition to your yard or patio, you’re in luck; there are plenty of bonsai tree types from which to choose. Here’s what you need to know. 

Tropical/Subtropical Bonsai Trees


Just as you make sure you have the right wardrobe for your climate, you want to make sure that the bonsai tree you invest in is suitable for the weather in your area. So if you live in the Midwest, a tropical or subtropical tree might not give you the results you desire. And even if you do live in an ideal climate for your particular tree, you still need to set it up for success by placing it in an area with plenty of direct sunlight, gauging its water needs, and protecting it from temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. These varieties love humidity and should be pruned a few times a year. 

Here are some options to consider:

  • Ficus
  • Mini jade
  • Olive
  • Bougainvillea
  • Apple bonsai tree, or other bonsai fruit tree varieties, such as lemon or cherry

Cold-Hardy Bonsai Trees


Many types of bonsai trees need to experience winter dormancy, making them a perfect fit for cooler climates. That being said, if you live in an area with frequent freezing or cold winds, you may need to store your tree in an unheated space, such as a shed or a garage, during the coldest parts of winter. If you plan on keeping your tree on your patio or somewhere where it will be surrounded by walls, you should consider misting your tree or placing it on a humidity tree to keep humidity levels optimal for growth. 

When deciding on a bonsai tree for your garden, look for evergreen and deciduous trees, such as: 

  • Pine 
  • Japanese maple
  • Oak 
  • Spruce
  • Juniper
  • Cypress

Time To Get Started!

There you have it—the information you need to dive into the outdoor bonsai world. Remember, starting something new can be overwhelming, but we are here for you every step of the way. Check out our library of articles, see our favorite tools and fertilizer in our shop, and register for our upcoming webinar


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