What is a Bonsai? The Japanese translation of the word Bonsai means 'tree in pot' and is pronounced as BONES-EYE. Bonsai is not a tree species, just a miniaturized shrub, tree, or bush, achieved by applying the techniques of maintaining such a species in smaller containers, trimming the foliage once a desired shape/height is obtained, and the trimming of roots periodically.
Below are various topics concerning Bonsai and many website links with bonsai information that SABS has found useful. All websites listed are recommendations and not sponsored or endorsed by SABS. As you review all the information presented below, first be sure the species of trees will grow within your hardiness zone(s). San Antonio’s hardiness zones are 8 and 8a. SABS recommends researching your species of bonsai before attempting any work. SABS shall not be held responsible if your tree/bonsai's health declines or perishes based on any information presented below.