Welcome to the Victorian Native Bonsai Club

Our club specialises in Australian Native Plants and Trees as Bonsai. We’d love for you to be part of our club. Feel free to browse our content rich website and for more information on how to join so you can be part of our community and gain access to other specialised videos, events and our species database, please click here.


  • Our Tree of the Month, May 2020

    Every month, we aim to feature one Australian native species as bonsai, with reference as to how that species grows in the wild.

    This month, May 2020, our feature tree is Leptospermum laevigatum, commonly known as Coastal Tea Tree, which has been a favourite species of many of our club members, and which has proved itself as a species which can be used in a wide variety of styles. With a small, oval leaf form, interesting flaky bark, and ready response to training and wiring of younger branches, this tree has been grown as spectacular windswept bonsai, as well as informal upright trees, and plenty of other styles reflecting the natural growth habits and adapability of the tree.

    This species has a natural distribution across coastal areas of south eastern Australia, primarily in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales, and particularly on sandy dunes. It has, however, also been grown extensively in South Australia, Western Australia and south east Queensland, and has been introduced to a number of overseas countries, including locations in South Africa, New Zealand, California and Hawaii.

    Coastal Tea Tree grows in a fascinating variety of forms, and the influences of its coastal exposure often results in trees with strange, twisted shapes naturally. The trunks of mature trees are characterized by their rough, ropy and twisted appearance, with thin, flaky bark.

    The two photos above show some of the forms exhibited by trees in coastal Victoria, while below are a couple of examples of Leptospermum laevigatum as Bonsai.

    Leptospermum laevigatum in a coastal context
    Coastal Cliffs

    In addition to this species of Leptospermum, there are about 83 species of Tea-tree across Australia, with 17 species in Victoria. Many of these species, including some of the available cultivars, are highly regarded as bonsai material.

  • VNBC 2020 Exhibition On Line

    Victorian Native Bonsai ClubThe 2020 Virtual Bonsai Exhibition

    The Victorian Native Bonsai Club was to have held its annual Show this year in early April.

    Because of the social distancing restrictions being imposed by governments due to Covid-19 pandemic the Show was not able to go ahead.

    We are pleased to announce, that in the absence of an actual physical display of Australian native bonsai, you can now view an exhibition of bonsai in our Virtual Bonsai Exhibition.

    To view the Exhibition photos and the catalogue, please click on the heading “2020 VNBC Exhibition of Bonsai with Australian Native Plants” in the menu bar at the top of this page.

    The beauty of this exhibition is that our interstate members are able to take part and exhibit trees that otherwise would not have been seen.

    I thank all our members who have offered trees for the exhibition and now extend a welcome to everybody to see the quality and variety of Australian native in this, the first Virtual Exhibition that the VNBC has held.

    Quentin Valentine

    President, Victorian Native Bonsai Club

  • Looking ahead to the rest of 2020

    The Club’s February and March meetings got us off to a good start for 2020, in anticipation of an active and interesting year of bonsai. How the world changes!

    The club’s future program remains under continuing review as the wider community health situation evolves, and we will continue to update our club and program information to members and others interested in the club, as often as we can.

    Please continue to check this website regularly for any updates and changes in our program which we may make over time.

    Our best wishes to everyone over the coming months, as we face difficult times, and if we are required to have a period of isolation at home, then what better way to use our time well, than to tend to our bonsai.

  • Interested in becoming a member of VNBC?

    Membership of the Victorian Native Bonsai Club is a great avenue for anyone who wants to develop their understanding and skills in growing bonsai using Australian native plant species.
    Access to support, new ideas, knowledge of others, regular Club newsletters, a database of information, and much more, all come as benefits of club membership.
    The Victorian Native Bonsai Club is keen to hear from you if you are interested in membership.
    Just click on the “Joining” tab in the menu list, and follow the prompts.