Chinese Elm Bonsai Trees

Chinese Elm bonsai treeChinese Elm, or, if you into Latin names Ulmus Parvifolia, are, together with Ficus bonsai, the most popular bonsia trees. Why? Because their quirky shapes are attractive, and they are relatively easy to care for.

All our trees are individually photographed, so the tree you see on the sales page is the one you will receive. All are S-shaped, more interesting and attractive than the ‘broom’ type of trees which do not have bent trunks. Both trees are ideal gifts for beginners.

Chinese Elm bonsai are deciduous and will lose their leaves for a few weeks in late winter. prior to the leaves falling they usually turn yellow, leading some people to think the tree has died; it hasn’t. new leaves soon appear.

These trees can be kept indoors or outdoors all year round. However, if you keep you tree indoors, it does need to rest for a few weeks when its leaves fall – this is called ‘dormancy’. If at all possible, place your tree in a cooler place, outside would be ideal. If this is not possible, then place in the coolest room – or even in your fridge! If you try to fool your tree into thinking it is summer all year the health of the tree will deteriorate. If this is not possible you may be better advised to choose the Ficus bonsai which does not need a period of dormancy.

All our trees are accompanied by a Care Guide which will tell you or whoever you are giving the tree to, how to look after the tree. There is also a separate page devoted to caring for Chinese Elm bonsai. If you are a beginner you are strongly advised to read about how to care for your tree, particularly the section on watering. The most common reason for a bonsai dying is incorrect watering: it is vital that the water reaches the roots and this is not as simple as watering a plant in a pot. Please read the relevant section.