Bonsai Tree Lifespan
What is the average bonsai tree lifespan? The question may have multiple answers based on different bonsai species. This is because that most bonsai trees will have the same life expectancy as their parent trees. Some trees can live up to 200 years while some species can only live for several decades.
Some bonsai trees have a very long life, and some of them are capable of live for several hundred years. One of the oldest bonsai trees cultivated in Japan, Sandai-Shogun-no-matsu, have lived for more than 200 years. It is initially cultivated in the seventeenth century and its parent tree is the white pine which can live for more than 500 years. Although some bonsai trees can live for a long time, you almost cannot see the age of a bonsai from a glimpse. This is because a bonsai tree may be composed of many wood parts which are already dead. So, even a bonsai trees seems to be a very old tree, it may only have lived for a few years.
One of the most important factors to determine the longevity of the bonsai trees is the level of maintenance. Well cared trees can live beyond its natural life span. For a long-life bonsai tree, frequent routine care is necessary. Some unpleasant conditions like over-watering, excessive sunlight and over-fertilizing will decrease the longevity of a bonsai tree.
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