If left to grow, trees can live for thousands of years. Bonsai trees, if you take care of it well, can also grow for years and years. Some of the most mature trees in the world are over 800 years old. Having a bonsai tree that will last that long will be the result of generations of patience and diligence in caring for the plant.
This is a list of some famous trees that have been around for decades.
Ficus Bonsai Tree in Crespi, Italy
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This is the oldest Ficus Bonsai tree in the world. Reportedly, it is over 1,000 years old. It is placed on display at the Crespi Bonsai Museum.
Juniper Bonsai Tree in Mansei-en, Japan
When it was tested, this juniper bonsai revealed that it was over 1,000 years old. This was collected in the wild in Japan. It can be found in the Mansei-en bonsai nursery of the Kato family in Omiya, Japan.
Shunka-en Bonsai Tree in Shunka-en
This beautiful tree is displayed in Shunkaen. The tree is estimated to be about 800 years old. You can get more information on this specimen at the Shunka-en Bonsai page.
Another 800-Year-Old Bonsai Tree at Shunkaen
This tree is well-known because it is reported to be over 800 years old. It is also one of the most expensive bonsai trees. It is owned by Master Kobayashi, who is one of the most renowned bonsai artists in the world. He has won the prime minister award four times. His nursery, the Shunkaen, is in Tokyo and open to visitors.
This Japanese White Pine That Survived Hiroshima
This tree has been trained into a bonsai for almost 400 years. It is the result of the hard work of six generations of the Yamaki family. This is especially important because when the atomic bomb fell in 1945, the tree survived. It was donated to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington.