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Bonsai Starter Plants

Experience the art of Bonsai with our selection of bonsai starter plants. Including species of Azaleas, Serissas, Dwarf Elms, and Conifers.
 

Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly (Yellow Berried)

Ilex vomitoria 'Anna's Choice'

Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly produces loads of golden yellow berries in dense clusters that last well into spring or until the birds decide they are ripe, whichever comes first. Either way we get all fall and winter to enjoy the beauty this durable native evergreen shrub provides. Anna's Choice is a vigorous upright to spreading evergreen shrub that is resistant to deer, salt, and is tolerant of a variety of moisture conditions from periodic droughts to periodic flooding. Item# 10202.

Grows To: 8-15'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Astronaut Evergreen Azalea, Holly Springs Astronaut Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Holly Springs Astronaut'

The out of this world very large, up to 5" across, funnel shaped flowers can range from solid salmon, to randomly flecked and streaked with salmon and pink, to white with randomly flecked with pink and are produced in late spring. Astronaut Azalea, a.k.a. Holly Springs Astronaut, is a Satsuki hybrid developing into a 3' high mound of deep green, medium textured, evergreen foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12796

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 19
US$14.99

Black Dragon Japanese Cedar, Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'

A dwarf, densely branching upright selection of the evergreen Japanese Cedar with dark blackish-green mature foliage and soft green new growth. An excellent specimen plant and backdrop for lighter flowers and foliage. Item # 9111.

Grows To: 10'H x 6'W avg
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 19
US$14.99

Deep clear red flowers hang like Chinese lanterns are produced in large clusters at the ends of weeping branches of this rare, unusual, and free flowering tropical Hibiscus. Under warm tropical conditions the Chinese Lantern Hibiscus may flower continuously throughout the year. This is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a naturally weeping form that makes it suitable for medium to large hanging baskets and container culture as well as a free flowering Bonsai specimen. Item# 11238

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Chinsei Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Chinsei'

A very tiny azalea, with 1/4" long deep green rounded foliage and 1-2'' bright pink flowers in late spring. An excellent choice for bonsai. Item # 9505.

Grows To: 6''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Chinzan Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Chinzan'

Bright bubblegum pink 2" flowers contrast nicely with dark bronze green foliage of this dainty Azalea cultivar. Chinzan Evergreen Azalea develops into a low 2' high mound of evergreen foliage that spreads to about 3' wide. Excellent as an accent, a low evergreen border, and is considered to be a choice bonsai specimen. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10850

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Morning sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Light shade, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 22
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A Robin Hill hybrid, Congo produces large rich purple flowers over an extended period beginning in mid spring on a naturally dwarf and compact slow growing spreading to mounding plant. The long flowering season and compact habit make this an easy choice for bonsai culture and where a low maintenance evergreen is needed in the landscape. Provide a well-drained, moist, humus rich, acid soil for the best results. Item# 11306

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Cooper's Ledebouria, Zebra Squill, False Squill

Ledebouria cooperi, Scilla cooperi

In spring dainty 3-4" spikes of pink, Hyacinth-like flowers emerge from the soil to nestle among the often still unfurling rich green, burgundy pinstriped foliage. A winner in fairy gardens, rock gardens, in a border, or in containers! The tiny bulbs of Ledebouria quickly multiply and aren't picky about depth and will often be stacked one atop the other. Provide good drainage and average moisture in sun to light shade. Tough and easy yet dainty! 20+ bulbs/plants per pot. Item# 10466.

Grows To: 2-4"H and slowly spreading at 1-2" per year
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
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Coronado Red Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Coronado Red'

A 2012 American Rhododendron Society Rhododendron of the Year award winner! The glowing clear red flowers of Coronado Red Evergreen Azalea are produced in spring and again in fall on this compact growing, rounded, small evergreen shrub which matures to about 3-4' high and wide. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10203

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 17
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A profusion of 1/2", double, white blooms are produced seemingly constantly on this vigorous and healthy small shrub. An excellent low hedge. Item # 390.

Grows To: 30''H x 36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dwarf Ledebouria, Scilla, Squill

Drimiopsis kirkii, D. botryoides, Ledebouria kirkii

The wide, thick, low succulent arching silvery green foliage is spotted and speckled with large and small dark green spots. Leaves may be occasionally lightly to heavily variegated with white. Ledebouria is a bulbous perennial that produces small spikes of white hyacinth-like flowers in spring and summer that are held well above the intricately patterned foliage. An easy and forgiving window sill or patio plant, Ledebourias are native to the forests of Eastern Africa and multiply readily and quickly. Do not keep overly moist and provide sharp drainage. Multiple bulbs per pot. Item# 10989

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

Egao Corkscrew Contorted Camellia

Camellia x vernalis 'Egao Corkscrew'

The curled and twisted form of this contorted Camellia creates a unique addition to the garden or containers. The medium to large, rich pink, double flowers are simply an added bonus in winter. Early season flowering, vigorous, and easy! An outstanding choice for Bonsai. Item# 10188.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Fujimori Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Fujimori'

Fujimori produces purplish pink, somewhat spidery flowers on a very compact Azalea with a neat rounded habit late in the season. In the words of Dawn Stover at SFA Gardens "If you ever wanted a perfectly rounded, never-needs-pruning, pink blooming shrub, Fujimori is the answer." The compact habit of this Azalea will lend itself to the garden and landscape as well as bonsai. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10868

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Morning sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Light shade, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Golden Dragon™ Japanese Plum Yew, Cow-Tail Pine

Cephalotaxus harringtoniana 'Golden Dragon', C. harringtonii

The bright buttery yellow, narrow foliage whorls densely around the upright stems and is tolerant of full sun conditions in the northern portions of its range without burning. A new twist on a popular old favorite, the Golden Dragon™ Plum Yew, a selection of Cephalotaxus harringtoniana, is a tough and easy, low maintenace, small evergreen shrub with a dense compact habit and a soft texture slowly growing to about 3-4' high and wide. It can be used as both low maintenance container specimens as well as in the garden and landscape where its brilliant foliage will create a wonderful contrast with its neighbors. *The Plum Yews can tolerate full sun in areas with cooler summer temperatures but may be best where they receive some midday and/or afternoon shade in hot summer climates. They are deer resistant and are shade tolerant but Golden Dragon™ will have the brightest foliage coloration where it receives at least some direct sunlight, preferably about 4 hours or more. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum growth and vigor. Images courtesy of Star® Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12805

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun* (N regions), Mostly sunny* (N regions), Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 28
US$24.99
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Green's Blues™ Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia hiemalis 'Green's Blues', C. sasanqua 'Green's Blues'

A blue flowered Sasanqua! Dark purple buds open to purplish-red the first day and change to lavender-blue the second creating a multi-colored effect on this semi-dwarf evergreen Sasanqua in fall. The blues are intensified in acid soils. Rich deep green rounded foliage on a compact rounded plant. Very similar to Shi-Shi Gashira in foliage and habit and is a chance seedling of the Louisiana Super Plant selection Shi-Shi Gashira. Item# 9636.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Hadite Soil Amendment

a.k.a Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate or LECA

Expanded clay granules used in soil mixes to improve drainage. 5/16" and smaller particles. Item # 9263

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Hampton Beauty Evergreen Azalea (Pericat Hybrid)

Rhododendron x 'Hampton Beauty'

In midspring this small to medium-sized evergreen shrub literally covers itself in a cloak of hundreds of multi-hued pink funnel-shaped flowers with a near white throat,rose-red outer edges, and with a nicely contrasting red flecking on the upper most petals, a.k.a. standards. Hampton Beauty Azalea is a compact densely growing rounded evergreen shrub well suited to the garden, landscape, and is small enough to enjoy as a container plant or a bonsai specimen. This has long been one of our favorites due to the immense show it puts on in the spring making it a standout among its peers. Provide a moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11882

 

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Mostly sunny, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 27
US$12.99

A Robin Hill hybrid, Hilda Niblett produces large rich multi-colored flowers in varying shades of coral and pink over an extended period beginning in mid spring on a naturally dwarf and compact slow growing spreading to mounding plant. The long flowering season and compact habit make this an easy choice for bonsai culture and where a low maintenance evergreen is needed in the landscape. Provide a well-drained, moist, humus rich, acid soil for the best results. Item# 11598

Grows To: 1-2'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Hokkaido Dwarf Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'Hokkaido', U. p. var. pygmaea

Tiny deep green foliage adorns the tiny delicate limbs of this extremely dwarf Elm. Perfect for bonsai. Slow growing to 18" high. A rare find. Item # 456.

Grows To: slowly to 18''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
US$29.99
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Iveryanum Evergreen Azalea, Iveryana Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Iveryanum', R. 'Iveryana'

The 2-3" wide, white funnel shaped flowers are randomly flecked with pink to red and are produced in late spring. Iveryanum Azalea, a.k.a. Iveryana, is an heirloom dwarf Southern Indica hybrid developing into a 3' high mound of medium to deep green, medium textured, evergreen foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12797

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 25
US$14.99

Johga Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Johga', R. 'Joga', R. 'Vohga'

The 2-3" wide mainly white flowers have a nicely contrasting deep cherry red blotch and flecks but are occasionally light pink to light lavender and are produced in mid to late spring. Johga Azalea, a sport of Izayoi and sometimes spelled 'Joga', is a dwarf Satsuki evergreen azalea that slowly develops into a 2-3' high mound of deep green medium-texured foliage. It lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12799

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 30
US$14.99

Katherine Allison Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Katherine Allison'

The 3 1/2" wide, ruffled, deep red funnel shaped flowers are produced in early to midspring and are somewhat reminiscent of the old favorite Red Ruffles. Katherine Allison Azalea, is an evergreen Dr. Eugene Aromi hybrid named for his granddaughter, having good vigor and with an initially upright habit eventually mounding out to about 4-5' high and wide. Developed in Mobile, Alabaman these were bred for good performance in the heat and humidity of the Southeast. Katherine Allison Azalea can be utilized as an informal hedge, specimen or anywhere else you would use a spring flowering medium-sized evergreen shrub in the garden and landscape. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Azalea flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 12800

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
US$14.99

The full, rounded, funnel shaped, rich rosy red flowers are randomly marbled with splashes of white, but can also be solid red, pink, or near solid white, are produced in mid to late spring attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Kobai #2 Evergreen Azalea, a.k.a Red Plum, is a rare Satsuki hybrid with a dwarf compact, naturally rounded mound forming habit making this a popular choice for bonsai but it is equally desirable in the garden and landscape where its multi-colored flowers are sure to make a big splash. Provide your evergreen Azaleas with a well-drained, average moist, humus rich, acid soil and topdress with an organic mulch for the best results. Item# 12574

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 34
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Kyoto Serissa

Serissa foetida 'Kyoto'

Very tiny and dense dark green foliage adorns this slow growing miniature Serissa. A good choice for bonsai or as a house plant, and outdoors in zone 9 and warmer. Item # 2180.

Grows To: 12''H x 10''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly (Yellow Berried)

Ilex vomitoria 'Anna's Choice'

Anna's Choice Yaupon Holly produces loads of golden yellow berries in dense clusters that last well into spring or until the birds decide they are ripe, whichever comes first. Either way we get all fall and winter to enjoy the beauty this durable native evergreen shrub provides. Anna's Choice is a vigorous upright to spreading evergreen shrub that is resistant to deer, salt, and is tolerant of a variety of moisture conditions from periodic droughts to periodic flooding. Item# 10202.

Grows To: 8-15'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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