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What Dwarf Trees and Shrubs Are Used

  • Small trees and flowering shrubs
  • Miniature or dwarfs
  • Slow growing trees
  • Cuttings
  • Dwarf conifers

Small Trees
The view of a pygmy tree is always delightful. Adding these stunning trees to a Japanese garden will amaze anyone looking at it. Place a number of them together to represent a dense forest, creating the illusion of a magical land. There are four different methods that allow ant tree to be represented in a mini-garden:

  • Use any variety of dwarf tree or naturally small trees and those that grow very slowly
  • Use trees that are artificially grown or stunted through Japanese techniques
  • The grafting and cutting of slow growing trees
  • Take cuttings from normal trees and trim them to get the dwarf appearance of their parent tree

Miniature or Dwarf

There is a subtle difference between a dwarf plant and a miniature one. Dwarf trees features a lack of proportionate growth and have flowers or leaves that are considered to be very large compared to the tree. The seeds of a dwarf tree accidently fell into a self-contained pocket and only allowed a limited amount of root space. The specimens raised from this tree will have the same characteristics of it parent.
Miniature trees are simply miniature versions of the original tree, and feature correct proportions. They feature Japanese techniques to shrink them, either naturally or by some human agent.

Slow Growing Trees

Actually dwarf or miniature trees remain at a particular size for over twenty years, however they can be very expensive. You can use slow growing trees in your Japanese garden, these often last for about five years, and simply replace them once they grow to large. This is a money saving solution!