Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree Care & Description

General Description:

The Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree from Nursery Tree Wholesaler's is a relatively fast growing tree and can be either evergreen or deciduous depending on its location or where you keep it. It is known for its elegant, curved canopy of dark green, leathery leaves. The Chinese Elm is reasonably tolerant to salt. Please be sure you check out our full selection of bonsai trees for sale from our wholesale nursery after you have read up on how to take care of the Chinese Elm.

Required Watering:

The Chinese Elm requires a lot of water. Try to water daily during the growing season and check the surface of the soil regularly for moisture. If it feels dry to the touch - it is time to add some more water!

Required Lighting:

This bonsai tree is loved by many for its ability to grow in either partial shade or full sun, making it an acceptable indoor bonsai tree for short periods of time.


You should fertilize your bonzai using a slow release organic feed with a balanced NPK ratio. Feeds that are high in nitrogen can lead to undesirable large leaves and eventually the extension of internodes.

Pruning and wiring:

With Chinese Elms, most shaping that you do can be done by pruning or trimming. But be careful, the bark on the branches and trunk is thin and may be damaged easily.


Chinese Elms will repot well in the early Spring. They usually grow well with any type of soil that allows for proper drainage. They typically have a great deal of root growth, so take that into consideration when selecting a new pot.

Pests and diseases:

Chewing insects and borers are the most likely pests that will bother the Chinese Elms. It is possible that cankers will develop on younger trunks if the soil is excessively wet – try to avoid that!

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