The Japanese White Beech is one of the most stunning bonsai trees in existence. It is easily recognizable due to the fact that it has bright white bark. The tree belongs to the Fagaecea family of beech trees and is actually native to the British Isles.
It is known both for being a tree that looks great on its own and a tree that is excellent when used in bonsai. It also is a stunning tree for seasonal purposes because it is stunning in the autumn and winter when the leaves turn copper which sharply stick out against the white of the tree bark and the white of the winter landscape.
The leaves on the white beech bonsai are also notable due to their shape. Unlike the regular common beech tree, these leaves are a bit more triangular and scooped offering a softer look to the entire tree. At the same however the leaves still have clearly defined veins that crinkle nicely during the autumn months as they slowly start to change colour.
What is unique about the beech bonsai is that it retains its leaves during the winter because the tree needs that protection against the frost and wind. If you plan on having a white beech outside as a bonsai you might want to also consider wrapping the bark in a material like hessian to help shield it as the tree is a bit fragile.
Also if the plan is to turn a white beech into a bonsai it is important to make sure that you take away all of the algae, lichen, or moss that grows around the trunk off. This will make the trunk look much more grey-white and will offer a much finer detail to the lenticels. After all, if you want to create a true bonsai you want to make sure that the roots are plainly visible.