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Bonsai Tree Size Classification

Do you know how to classify your bonsai by its size? Don't worry, most people don't. And even fewer know enough to ask. But it can be an interesting conversation piece for bonsai enthusiasts. Ad as you'll see from our chart, understanding the size classifications is all in the hands.

We know your bonsai is in good hands. The chart can tell you how many! Read more.

Japanese classification

Required hands to move bonsai

Approximate size

 

 

 

Imperial

Eight-handed bonsai

60 to 80 inches

Hachi-uye

Six-handed bonsai

40 to 60 inches

Dai or Omono

Four-handed bonsai

30 to 48 inches

 

 

 

Chiu or Chumono

Two-handed bonsai

16 to 36 inches

Katade-mochi

One-handed bonsai

10 to 18 inches

 

 

 

Komono

One-handed bonsai

6 to 10 inches

Mame

One-handed bonsai

5 to 8 inches

Shito or Keshitsubo

Fingertip bonsai

Under 2 inches

 

 

 

Shito, Mame and Komono are also known as SHOHIN

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