How bonsai leaves shrink

In choosing a plant for bonsai, it is recommended to look first at species with fine foliage: such a composition is more harmonious. However, as the master works on the creation, a funny thing happens to the leaves.

The rule is true for all species: pruning stimulates branching, and the branches of the new order are smaller than the parent ones. On them the internodes are shortened and the leaves are smaller. The limitation of space for roots also affects, due to which the plant also cannot develop at its usual scale.

The photo belongs to Gilbert Cantu, a Texas bonsaist who specializes in portulacaria afra. The master captured the evolution of its leaves.