If you are new to bonsai, this is the best advice I can offer you. Find a club or someone that has been doing bonsai for a few years, I will gurantee you they have killed more trees than they have alive (ask to see their pot collection). Ask the person or club what will not just grow, but what will thrive in your area. It will save you time, money and heartache. Don't think you have a better way and you can beat the odds. That was my thinking and it cost me big time, well lets just say I would love to have that money back. Everybody kills trees, everybody, so please follow my advice and you will have a better bonsai experience.