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 Chinese Bonsai Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

When looking around for the best tree to grow bonsai, you will discover that you actually have a number of great choices. However, one of the top choices is the Chinese Bonsai tree. With a magnificent appearance and the ability to train in many styles, this tree is one of the most popular choices and for good reason. For starters, you might consider the Chinese Flowering White Serissa, which is also known as the “Tree of a Thousand Stars”. The leaves of this tree are relatively elongated and spoon-shaped with wonderful, shiny leaves. The chinese bonsai tree is also a twiggy tree, one that will grow tighter as you shear it. Best of all are the white, trumpet shaped blossoms. While you can choose a number of styles, the full upright canopy is by far the most beautiful.

Another type of Chinese bonsai tree is the Chinese Elm. This tree has amazing small evergreen leaves that stay on the tree throughout the year. The leaves and tree are extremely hardy with wonderful branching characteristics. In addition, you will fall in love with the twisted trunk and exposed roots, something you do not get with many other Chinese bonsai trees. Because of this, the Chinese Elm has an ancient look that is truly mesmerizing. Best of all, this type of tree can be cared for easily indoors. Remember, regardless of the type of tree you choose, your goal is to grow a miniature tree in a shallow pot or tray. It just so happens to be that the Chinese bonsai tree is one of the best options for achieving this.

Next, there is the extra large Chinese Elm, formally called the Ulmus Parvifolia. Although this tree is a bit more expensive than the smaller version, you still enjoy the beautiful leaves all year round. These too are exceptionally hardy and the trunk and exposed roots are the same, just larger. This Chinese bonsai tree will grow to about 15 inches tall and can easily live up to 14 years or more if carefully cared for. You can choose the large option of this same tree that is much the same, hardy with great branching characteristics. The tree will grow to around 10 inches tall and can live up to 10 years old.

When growing chinese bonsai trees, you need to remember that one of the main problems is that they are prone to Black Leaf Spot. This fungal disease will seriously harm the tree. Therefore, it must be treated immediately. The disease will begin in the spring when new leaves are just beginning to open up, as well as during the spring months when it rains. Keep in mind that Black Leaf Spot only affects the new, tender growth that has not yet hardened. Once the leaves are infected, the disease will quickly spread to the branches, making them appear as if they have been burned. The result is that the branches will soon shrivel up and die. If the fungal problem is not taken care of right away, you will lose the entire tree.

For your Chinese bonsai tree, you can choose from a number of products on the market. One of the best is called Daconil, which is used first on the crown, drenching it and then working down to get all of the leaves wet. However, you need to make sure the infected leaves are drenched and not the ones that are healthy. The key with any Chinese bonsai tree is to avoid the problem in the first place. To do this, never water the new leaves until they have become hardened. Then, as soon as you notice any change of color on the leaves, you want to pay attention. If you take your Chinese bonsai tree outdoors for fresh air and sunlight, make sure the new, tender leaves never get wet by the rain. With a little bit of precaution, you can save your Chinese bonsai tree from this and other diseases.
 
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