There are hundreds of bonsai trees that would leave you astounded and in disbelief. We are talking about bonsai trees that has been cultivated for many years, even decades and some for more than 800 years.
If you are looking for some inspiration on the art of bonsai, here are some of the top bonsai trees across the globe.
Protector of the Spirts or Goshin
If you are a bonsai cultivator, chances are you are familiar with the name John Y. Naka. You’ve probably seen his name mentioned in a couple of our blogs here. Well, John Naka was a renowned bonsai master cultivator, in short, he is a legend in the art of bonsai.
One of his greatest masterpieces is the Goshin or “Protector of the Spirits.” Goshin is a forest planting or at this point is kind of like a forest painting. It has 11 Foemina Junipers standing of luscious green. Naka has been perfecting his craft since 1948 and this particular bonsai is a great representation of what he was able to achieve.
The bonsai was donated to the National Bonsai Foundation back in 1984 and is now displayed at the United States National Arboretum. So, if you want to look at it up closely, you’ll know where to go.
Kunio Kobayashi’s 800-year-old bonsai tree
That’s right, 800 years old bonsai tree. You can see this behemoth at the Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the oldest bonsai trees out there, but it is not the oldest one, believe it or not.
Kobayashi is also a legend when it comes to bonsai cultivation. He won the highly acclaimed Prime Minister award in Japan 4 times. Kobayashi is still active in bonsai cultivation and he has mentored hundreds of artists across the globe as well.
Over 1000 years old Ficus Bonsai Tree of Crespi, Italy
Not just a thousand years old but beyond that. Not much is known about this bonsai tree, but it is said to have been around for more than 1000 years. It is currently sheltered at the Crespi Bonsai Museum in Italy.