This Zelkova Chinensis, also known as the Chinese Elm, is with a height of 38 cm and a wonderfully s-shaped trunk a taller example of trees we have in our collection. It comes in a very nice 25 cm ceramic saucer that perfectly well fits the overall look of this truly beautiful Bonsai tree.
This species, which is the most common Bonsai from southern China, is especially popular among beginners due to being slow growing and tolerant with a highly predictable growth pattern, making it ideal for beginners giving plenty of time and forgiveness to grow accustomed to Bonsai care. It truly is one of the most loved and most undemanding Bonsai trees.
It can be found growing wild throughout China and can grow up to 20 meters in height in its native habitat. It loses its leaves in colder regions, and in warmer regions is coniferous and evergreen. This means that this species could survive outdoors in Europe as a deciduous tree. The elm has very small leaves and a beautiful, distinctive dark gray to reddish brown bark that turns fissure and corky when mature. While the elm loses its leaves relatively easily, the advantage is that is quickly produces new ones again, even if it has become bare.
Though generally tolerant, the Chinese Elm does not like drafts or a lot of variation in temperature. Most indoor tropical Bonsai trees prefer temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. In the summer, Chinese Elm trees can be kept outdoors. However, you must remember to bring your Bonsai tree indoors when the temperature drops below 15 degrees.
Like most trees, the Chinese Elms needs a lot of light. Direct morning sunlight is great for almost all Bonsai due to its low intensity, so choose a place that gets the brightest during the day. But always remember that, during warm months, the direct afternoon sun shining through a window can burn the delicate leaves.
Chinese Elms prefer their soil to be slightly moist and allowed to dry out a little between watering, making it a very practical choice for the busy Bonsai parent on the go. While in general the Chinese Elm requires less water during winter months, in spring and summer it may need water every day, depending on location and climate. Please never let its soil become completely dry for too long.
But we’re here to help with precise and easy to follow care instructions in order to make your experience being a parent to a beautiful Bonsai tree as rewarding as possible.