Chinese Elm Bonsai Plant

Scientific name : “Ulmus parvifolia”

The Chinese Elm is indigenous to China and south-east Asia. In its native environment it can be a mighty tree reaching heights of up to 80 feet (25 meters), and a trunk diameter of 3 feet (1 meter). It develops a fine branch ramification with small leaves, which makes it a very suitable Bonsai plant.

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The Chinese Elm is indigenous to China and south-east Asia. In its native environment it can be a mighty tree reaching heights of up to 80 feet (25 meters), and a trunk diameter of 3 feet (1 meter). It develops a fine branch ramification with small leaves, which makes it a very suitable Bonsai plant. The Chinese Elm is the most popular of the Elm trees for Bonsai purposes, although other elms are also suitable for Bonsai. The Chinese elm is often confused with the Japanese zelkova, but it can be easily distinguished by its leaves. The Zelkova has single-toothed leaves whereas the Chinese Elm has double-toothed leaves. The Chinese elm thrives in either full sun and/or partial shade. In temperate climates, it can be left outdoors even during the winter months. If you have an indoor Chinese Elm Bonsai you can place it outside during the summer, but it’s best to bring it into a cool, but frost-free, room in the winter. The Chinese Elm can usually endure some frost but it differs depending on the region it was imported from.

Chinese Elms are natives of East Asia, and left to its natural form they can grow up to 60ft tall. However, these exquisite trees were seemingly made for The Art of Bonsai. The Chinese Elm’s canopy is rounded and lush with small, shiny, leathery dark-green leaves that have tiny teeth running alongside each edge. The gorgeous trunk has an incredibly graceful swaying shape that helps it look exactly as Bonsai should ~ a miniature version of an age-old tree.

Aesthetics aside, the Chinese Elm is also a perfect tree for beginners because it’s extraordinarily hardy, it has the unique ability to adapt to an indoor or outdoor environment and its both slow growing & tolerant.

Sunlight – The Chinese elm thrives in either full sun and/or partial shade.

Watering – Wait until the topsoil is dry, and then water generously, making sure the entire root-mass is watered.

Plant Care – A combination of solid organic fertilizer with a well-balanced liquid chemical fertilizer works great. Chinese Elm trees should be repotted every two years when they are young.

 

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