To dream of a bonsai tree represents positive feelings about some area of your life that is “beautifully stunted.” Being really good at something that you aren’t an expert at. Talents that are impressive, yet undeveloped or unprofessional. Feeling good impressing others with how different or unique you are. Carefully cultivating a reputation or personality that is unique and original.
Negatively, a bonsai tree may be a sign that you are exploiting unprofessional talents, lying about being a professional, or showing off with something you aren’t fully qualified enough with. Feeling good talking about yourself being an expert when you aren’t because you can get away with it.
Example: A man dreamed of enjoying having a bonsai tree and then experiencing himself years later in the dream seeing the tree die without any concern for it. In waking life he was an novice researcher who was quite impressive, but unprofessional. He later gave up his novice research techniques for more professional ones.