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Practical Guide to Bonsai Styles of the World by Charles S. Ceronio

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Most books on bonsai cover matters such as history, cultivating techniques, designing and training principles, general care and maintenance and propagation techniques. Very few books are available on designing and styling bonsai. However, it is essential that the bonsai enthusiast should master these challenging techniques in order to train plant material into quality bonsai.

Practical Guide to Bonsai Styles of the World is a comprehensive guide to more than forty bonsai styles, covering the traditional Japanese and Chinese styles as well as six unique African styles. Each style is illustrated and discussed in detail, with line drawings and photographs showing the characteristics and variations of the style, suggestions for plants suited to each individual style and for the most appropriate containers.

Now in its third edition, the book has been completely updated with additional information and full-colour photographs throughout, and a user-friendly design and colour-coding that makes the book easy to use.


  • A fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to more than forty bonsai styles, covering the traditional Japanese and Chinese styles as well as six unique African styles
  • Colour plates comprising more than 600 high-quality full-colour photographs
  • The most complete and detailed book of its kind currently available, it bridges the gap between the many books aimed at the absolute beginner and the highly technical manuals on bonsai styling
  • Superior quality text and photographs and excellent reproduction and printing. 

About the Author

Charles S. Ceronio has been designing bonsai plants for more than four decades. He studied the art of bonsai under the guidance of the world-famous bonsai master, John Naka and is co-founder of the Pretoria Bonsai Kai. He is the originator of six uniquely African bonsai designs and regularly conducts bonsai demonstrations and workshops in South Africa and abroad. As an initiative to promote the growing of master bonsai trees in South Africa, he established the annual Top 10 Bonsai Exhibition.


216 pages


240 x 168mm, soft cover, integral binding, over 800 line drawings; 100 colour photographs

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    David K.
    South Africa South Africa

    What a read!!

    What a great book. Ever so glad i bought this and worth every cent. Very technical outlook on bonsai design and has already helped me tremendously in the approach to styling and classifying my trees. A must for every enthusiast!

    John H.

    Practical Guide to Bonsai Styles by Charles Cerinio

    This is a well thought out book that explains clearly the good and the bad presentation of our tree and how to make the best decisions to place the tree/trees in the pot. Definately one of the better bonsai books that I have.

    Barbara M.
    South Africa

    Practical guide to Bonsai styles

    Am so happy with my book.


    Bonsai Geometry "Nitty Gritties"

    An excellent book to have in your collection. If anyone is familiar with John Yoshio Naka's "Bonsai Techniques I. II & III" they will appreciate beauty of this new publication that illustrates some on Mr Naka's principles, amongst a full range of others. In this book you will to understand exactly what makes a bonsai style a true style and not just another "Tree in a pot". This is a detailed deconstruction of the geometry and maths behind bonsai styling. If you never knew the depth of the art form then this will make an enlightening and excellent read!!


    Great resource

    For beginners and the more seasoned bonsai enthusiasts alike, this is a great book to add to your collection. Great step by step explanations and illustrations make following the examples easy.