|The formal upright style is considered
the easiest for the novice bonsai grower. This style features a straight
trunk and a bottom branch that is lower and extends farther from the
trunk than the opposite branch.
|The trunk in the informal upright style
bends slightly to the front. This bend helps to give the style its look
|In the slanting style, the trunk has a
more acute angle than in the informal upright style. The lowest branch
spreads in a direction opposite to that in which the tree slants.
|The cascade style of bonsai represents
a natural tree growing down the face of an embankment. A cascaded
planting usually looks best in a round or hexagonal container.
|The semicascade style has a curving
trunk that does not reach the bottom of the container as in the cascade
style. Prostrate junipers and flowering plants are well adapted to both
of these styles.