ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fake Bonsai Tree - Beautiful Trees Without a Green Thumb

Updated on December 22, 2010

A fake bonsai tree is a great idea for those who appreciate the look and beauty of this ancient Japanese tradition, but who do not have the time, patience, or skills to prune and sculpt real bonsai trees for themselves. The bonsai tradition dates back over a thousand years and like the Chinese art of penjing it relates to growing miniature trees in shallow containers. Clamping, pruning, shaping, re-potting, grafting, wiring and other methods can take years and even decades to achieve the desired affect. Decorators and fans of minimalist design may not have the desire to wait and a fake bonsai tree can offer instant gratification.

Types of Artificial Bonsai Trees


The varieties of fake bonsai trees available on the market today mimic the wider range of sizes and styles found in real bonsai. The main things for a buyer to consider are species, size, materials and style. It is almost certain that a suitable synthetic tree can be found with just a bit of effort.

The same tree species used in genuine bonsai gardening can be found in the world of fakes. Oaks, sequoias, pine, elm, and juniper are all popular tree species that can be carefully sculpted to resemble their larger cousins. Many of these styles are notoriously difficult to cultivate as miniatures naturally. Fortunately, the fake trees eliminate the work, but retain all the beauty of real trees.

Depending upon where the tree will be displayed the buyer will want to consider a range of sizes. Artificial trees can range from several feet tall to just a few inches and everywhere in between. Some enjoy them as table centerpieces, on coffee tables or displayed under a spotlight on a sideboard. Just as there is no real wrong way to display these beautiful trees, there is no real right size. Many sizes and styles serve many different purposes.

Cost is certainly a factor and it can be based on materials and level of detail in the fake bonsai tree. Some companies use clay to sculpt the trunk. Others use natural wood or roots to create the base form. These can be weathered, painted, etched, carved, and then leaves or needles attached to limbs. No matter what materials are used the most reliable companies can produce an excellent mimic of a real tree.

Style is very important and ranges from formal to many informal styles. Formal bonsai are straight and upright. The many informal styles can slant to the side or even cascade to hang down under the level of the growing pot. This is all based on personal preference, but the slanted style is a very popular choice.

Caring for Fake Bonsai Trees

Japan is proud to display several trees that are hundreds of years old. These amazing trees are truly natural wonders and awe-inspiring. The constant care needed to maintain bonsai is very time consuming and requires excellent skills to do it well. Artificial trees only need to be concerned with a few rules depending upon manufacturer. Care varies widely, but most call for no direct sunlight and no wet cloth to wipe them off. It could hardly be simpler! When properly maintained, these trees will provide a peaceful display for decades.

The timeless beauty and unique look of a bonsai tree is truly a joy to behold. Modern technology and manufacturing processes allow any homeowner to afford a fake bonsai tree that is so lifelike it can fool many people. They make wonderful indoor displays in almost any type of interior space.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)