Chinese Elm Bonsai
The Chinese Elm is native to the eastern portion of Asia, growing in
its natural habitat up to 60 feet tall. The bark of this tree is a
dark gray, mottled with cream and reddish brown. Grown both indoors
and outdoors, the Chinese Elm will stay as a semi-evergreen when grown
inside but then deciduous when outdoors.
The leaves are a deep green that feel thick and leathery. However, on
the top, they are shiny and smooth, with very small, blunt teeth.
During the fall, the
bonsai produces fruit.
If you want a good plant to grow for Bonsai, this would be ideal,
especially for beginners. Since this particular tree has a nice,
predictable growth pattern, and heals well when pruned, it is easy to
grow and care for.
· During the cold winter months, the Chinese Else needs good
protection from the elements but is still very hardy
· In the early spring, you will need to prune this Elm after the
growth season has ended. Just be sure you leave two nodes on closest
to the main branch or trunk.
· This particular Bonsai will need to be watered on a regular basis,
making sure the soil is always moist but never over watered or dry
· About every two years, you will want to repot this tree during the
early spring months. The key however, is the report one month before
or after you have done the pruning, which will provide the least
amount of shock to the Bonsai.
· The Chinese Elm is strong and relatively resistant to the dreaded
Dutch Elm disease.
· This versatile tree has a cork-like bark, giving it beautiful
character for Bonsai. Just be sure the tree is given good shade during
the summer months.