Bonsai Training Information

Cupressus macrocarpa
Monterey Cypress

The unique wind-swept flat top appearance are what most people recognise about the Monterey Cypress. Native to the US they can grow to 65 feet tall, and even 80 feet tall in sheltered locations. Know as perennial trees many of them in the US are as old as 2000 years. They make stately medium to large Formal Bonsai. The photo shows a famous Monterey, of the Golden State Bonsai Federation Collection North collection to which it was donated by Katsumi Kinoshita.


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Group planting




Partial shade to full sun.


Regularly during summer period, but do not let pot water log. Prefers a dry soil so let pot dry out between watering.


Every 2/3 weeks during growing period. Use a lot Nitrogen fertiliser between October and December.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

During the growing season pinch out branch tips to encourage a thick foliage canopy. Structural pruning should be done in Feb/March.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

When young every year. Trees older than 10 years every two or three years in spring. Remove no more than 30% of roots. Use 1 part Loam, 1 part leaf mould, 1 part sharp sand. Use 1 Park Akadama and 1 part Pumice or Fuji Grit.


Any time of the year. But keep on no longer than a few months at a time.


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