O Tiny Tree: Bonsai gardeners decorate miniature trees for Christmas [photos] | Home & Garden

Check out some of the smallest Christmas trees around.

Even if there’s a shortage of ceiling-scratching Christmas trees or maybe you’ve downsized to a smaller space, these trees from members of the Lancaster Bonsai Society tower over two feet tall.

Bonsai group secretary Bob Ulrich started with a yew that’s not quite 12 inches tall and about 40 years old. He added lights, a mini star on top, and tiny presents below.

Ulrich chose this photo for his annual Christmas card. The message was “Christmas 2021. It’s a bit like Bonsai. Just as real but smaller.”

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When company member Dave Stewart spotted tiny LED string lights at an after-Christmas sale, he bought them. The following year, he added them to one of his ficus bonsai, which is about 24 inches tall.

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Dave Stewart decorated a trio of ficus bonsai with red and white miniature ornaments.

If these seem small, the smallest bonsai trees in the United States are the size of a mame or a bean. In Japan, bonsai is reduced to shito (fingertips) and keshitsubo (poppy seeds).

The local bonsai group has met monthly at Conestoga House and Garden for years and welcomes guests. COVID-19 put that on hold, giving members plenty of time to work on their collections. The band has had a mix of Zoom and in-person demos since then. The next meeting, a session with a bonsai artist, will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 9 via Zoom.

The club will be bringing back a free and popular Bonsai 101 session at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill Home and Garden Center’s Rohrerstown Road at 9am on Saturday, March 5.

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