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Bonsai Size Classifications

 

The ultimate goal of Bonsai is to create a realistic depiction of nature. As a Bonsai gets smaller (even down to a few inches/centimeters) it increasingly becomes abstract, as opposed to resembling nature in a more precise way. Several classifications of Bonsai have been put forward, and although the exact size classifications are disputed, they help to gain understanding of the aesthetic and botanical aspects of Bonsai. The classifications are originally based on the number of men needed to lift the actual tree.

 

The size classifications, increasing in height.

  • Keshitsubo: 1-3" (3-8 cm)

  • Shito: 2-4" (5-10 cm)

  • Mame: 2-6" (5-15 cm)

  • Shohin: 5-8" (13-20 cm)

  • Komono: 6-10" (15-25 cm)

  • Katade-mochi: 10-18" (25-46 cm)

  • Chumono / Chiu: 16-36" (41-91 cm)

  • Omono / Dai: 30-48" (76-122 cm)

  • Hachi-uye: 40-60" (102-152 cm)

  • Imperial: 60-80" (152-203 cm)

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