ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature

Penjing (盆景 pinyin: pén jǐng, literally tray scenery), also known as penzai is the ancient Chinese art of growing trees and plants in containers. The plants are kept small by skilled pruning.[1]

Penjing is similar to the Japanese art of bonsai.


The first historical reference to penjing is from the 9th century.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, Bonsai & Penjing Collection, "History"; retrieved 2012-12-20.