I am looking for a fruit tree which I can make into a bonsai, but I have a lack of patience. Please suggest a fast growing tree in Delhi environment that could easily be bonsai.

  • Are you wanting to use the fruit produced from this tree? If so, do you mean bonsai (which won't fruit), or do you mean trained into a small form, such as espalier or fan trained, outdoors?
    – Bamboo
    Jan 22 '16 at 17:57
  • Bonsai can fruit, but it takes a while for a small tree to mature enough to support fruit bearing. However for the original question, bonsai is not suitable if you want to bear fruit, in which case bamboo is 100% correct. You probably want a fruit tree on a dwarfing root stock.
    – Escoce
    Jan 22 '16 at 18:23

A bit unconventional, but if you want something that will grow quickly, train well & produce beautiful flowers and fruit with proper care, you could try a chili plant. fatalii.net has some wonderful examples of chili plants trained like bonsai. Scroll down his page for info on growing & more photos.

Bolivian Rainbow Chili Bonsai enter image description here


Results like some of those on his website can be achieved in less than a year & the plants, if taken care of well, can live for many many years!

If something like that is not appealing to you, Mulberries are sometimes used for bonsai & are relatively fast growing (perhaps the white mulberry "Morus alba" would be a good choice).

For the quickest results, you would want to collect a reasonably grown wild specimen, or purchase one locally rather than grow from seed.

White Mulberry Bonsai enter image description here

  • I had some more thoughts on this answer later on & have edited the original answer with more detail.
    – renesis
    Jan 22 '16 at 21:43
  • The mulberry sounds interesting to me, though I would pick black or red myself for more tasty berries.
    – Escoce
    Jan 22 '16 at 22:08

I am working on several mulberry white and black when one plant I collected the parent plant over 30 years old had several stalks rooted and had leaves that were attached to the main stump I quickly cut them away and planted them now the are fruit bearing mini trees like a tiny orchard ..very happy I collected my own specimen..

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