The lantana bonsai tree

Welcome to our information on the brilliant lantana bonsai tree!

Firstly, we'd like to point out that in our opinion, the lantana is one of the most underrated species of bonsai. Most would-be 'bonsaiers' generally stick to the ol' Juniper, elm or maple, but other species like the lantana make for fantastic growing!

Please, do the bonsai world a favour, and consider growing one?


Now, the lantana bonsai grows freely in places such as Africa, tropical Americas and Australia. When it grows in high numbers, it is considered to be a pest and can be dangerous for animals that feed on lantana leaves, which are poisonous to some animals.

Don't worry......... i'm sure your Jack Russell will be fine, just don't allow it to eat it!

Want to know what makes the lantana such an amazing tree? It's flowers! Yep, the lantana bonsai is a flowering species that produces unbelievable red, orange, yellow or blue florets, in attractive bunches. Next amazing fact - the florets and leaves attract butterflies. Butterflies literally go nuts over the taste of the leaves, of which are honey-like. Wouldn't you love a butterfly magnet/mystical bonsai in your backyard?

Soil, Lighting & Watering

• Use a basic bonsai soil mix that drains easily

• Using a little bit of organic material in the soil will help your tree become stronger

• Your lantana bonsai will thrive in full sunlight, like in it's home countries. In winter it will fare well in most environments, but try to take it inside if sub-zero temperatures are forecast

Water your lantana daily, and due to it's drought-efficient nature, you can actually allow the soil to go dry. If you're away for a day or two and forget, you should be ok....... just avoid this in summer!


• Your lantana will love to be fed! Use a low-nitrogen liquid bonsai fertilizer once a week in spring, once a fortnight in summer, and once monthly in winter


•Repot your lantana once every 3 years, or when you can see the roots becoming unruly!

Pruning & Wiring

• Prune your lantana at the start of spring

• Using bonsai pruning tools, cut back leaves as they begin growing. You will want to keep the growth quite even around the tree, to maintain the dwarfed appearance

• Your lantana will benefit from, and can handle, complete defoliation. This process will see you removing all of the tree's leaves at the start of Spring. When the leaves begin growing back, you will then remove the leaves that become too big. Defoliation can make leaves up to two thirds smaller, depending on growing conditions!

• Use thin gauge bonsai wire to avoid snapping brittle branches

• Wire your lantana bonsai in a cascade, upright,m informal upright or slanting style. For more information on everything above, check out our extensive care guides!

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