This artistic discipline derives from a very old Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was further developed under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism over several hundred years. The ultimate goal of Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of a part of nature, specifically a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarf plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to form one of them.
Over the years, many styles of Bonsai have been developed that serve to classify them.
These styles evoke situations and circumstances very similar to those given in nature.