This juniper bonsai tree is one of the all time favorite trees to grow. This is the Japanese bonsai that was made famous by the movie karate kid. The karate kid bonsai tree is an easy tree to care for and one that all beginners should consider buying at some point in time or even as their first bonsai. If you are a collector you should add this juniper to your collection of outdoor trees.

This dwarf Juniper tree from Japan is still the most popular evergreen in the U.S. When we think of a traditional bonsai and what it looks like this is the shape most people think of.

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Karate kid juniper bonsai tree

  • This is a good tree for bonsai beginners
  • Tree shown here is 7 years old and about 13 inches tall
  • Long lived and an interesting specimen to shape
  • Buy at wholesale prices, shipped direct for grower
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The plant term for the karate kid tree is “Juniper Procumbens Nana.” They are very hardy, long lived trees, and tolerate many different climate conditions. The juniper bonsai tree shown here is trained in a traditional Japanese style.

The advantage to having a juniper bonsai is because of the degree of its hardiness, this tree can remain indoors in a room that doesn’t get too hot or outdoors permanently.

One of the most important aspects of growing Juniper bonsai trees outdoors is the root ball or root system, and newly trained juniper trees, they should be carefully protected from frost. If you are wanting to grow it indoors only do so for a few months at a time and not in a room that gets too warm.

The karate kid bonsai tree is and impressive, trouble-free evergreen and an excellent choice to display in your home or on a patio. Take your time and prune this tree as you would any other juniper. The picture shown above is what you would like to end up with, but you can make it your own for a personal touch.