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Chinese Elm


BOTANICAL NAME: Ulmus parvifolia

AGE: 7

HEIGHT: 8″ – 10″

10 in stock


Chinese Elm

Chinese Elms are a plants exported from China. They are deciduous and feature delicate leaves and twigs on their secondary branches. These trees are carefully cultivated in Chinese nurseries and are known for their resilience and adaptability. While they prefer outdoor environments, they can also be kept indoors for short periods without harm. They thrive in temperatures above 20 degrees and require a certain level of humidity, which can be provided through the use of a 11 humidity tray.

Besides, Chinese Elms is one of the most widely cultivated bonsai trees in the world. It has gained popularity due to its unique appearance, featuring a lush crown of small, proportionate leaves and a stunning S-shaped trunk. Its ability to achieve an aged look at a relatively young age is one of the reasons why it is so highly prized.

Chinese Elms are an excellent choice for both those new to the world of Bonsai and experienced alike. With their versatility and ease of care, they make a great starting point for those just getting into the hobby. These trees have earned a reputation as a favorite among Bonsai professionals and are considered one of the best options for beginners.



When it comes to outdoor bonsai, there are both evergreen options like pines and junipers, as well as deciduous varieties such as maples and elms. These bonsai trees are known for their hardiness and their need for seasonal change. Upon receiving your bonsai, it is recommended to place it in a shaded area for a week to allow for acclimation. Outdoor bonsai prefer morning sun and shade in the afternoon and are ideal for display on patios, decks, and balconies during the growing season. While it is possible to display outdoor bonsai indoors, it should only be done for short periods of time, not exceeding five days.


Watering is an essential aspect of bonsai care and maintenance. Outdoor bonsai require different watering schedules based on the season. During spring, summer, and fall, daily watering is necessary, while in winter, frequency of watering can be reduced. It is important to never allow the soil to completely dry out. To water properly, use a watering can or hose attachment with a fine-spray nozzle and thoroughly soak the soil until water runs out of the drain holes. While misting the foliage can be beneficial, it should not be considered a substitute for watering. Regular maintenance, including trimming and wiring, is also important for keeping your bonsai healthy and beautiful


Repotting your bonsai is a crucial step in maintaining its health and vitality. Bonsai should be repotted every four to five years, when their root system becomes pot bound. The ideal time for repotting outdoor bonsai is before new growth appears, during late winter or early spring. It is important to use bonsai soil specifically, as regular potting soil may compact and restrict proper drainage. To ensure the bonsai is well established, it is recommended to wait at least one growing season before repotting.


Fertilization is necessary for the growth and health of bonsai plants. Both water-soluble and time-released fertilizers can be effective when used as directed


Outdoor bonsai should undergo winter dormancy and remain outside during this period. However, their root systems should be protected from harsh winter weather. To achieve this, “heel-in” the bonsai by covering the pot and soil with materials such as pine needles or mulch when temperatures approach freezing. Additionally, protect the bonsai from extreme cold winds by positioning it against the south side of your house or keeping it in protected areas such as garages or basement during extremely cold winter conditions


Shipping & Returns


You can be confident that your tree will arrive at its destination with sufficient moisture and in a secure package. To maintain moisture and prevent any soil spillage during transportation, the bottom of each tree is covered with plastic wrapping. The trees are connected to the pot with wire, placed inside a double-walled box for protection, and secured with custom packing systems to prevent any movement while in transit.


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In case of any shipping or delivery errors such as missing items or damage to your tree or products, please reach out to us at support@primebonsai.com within 5 days of receiving your order. We take pride in our quality and preparation for the shipping process, and we will guide you through our straightforward claim process. Our support team will respond to your request within 1-2 business days and provide a resolution or request additional information.

For all other return requests, please email us at support@primebonsai.com, and we will be happy to replace the product or refund the purchase price on claims made within 30 days of receipt. Our support team will respond to your request within 1-2 business days and provide a resolution or request additional information. Alternatively, you can also reach us by Contact Us page

20 reviews for Chinese Elm

  1. Marvin Mancia (Verified Buyer)

    Absolutely love this bonsai tree! Excellent condition and shape!

  2. Zhu (Verified Buyer)

    It arrived perfectly packed. I was so concerned ordering a bonsai online, but I am very happy with the choice.

  3. Jacob Dorge (Verified Buyer)

    The Chinese Elm bonsai arrived in excellent condition, very healthy, and already beautifully styled.

  4. Paul

    I was nervous at first, but was so relieved when I opened it. The tree was packed up well and looked great, with lots of beautiful green leaves. The S-shape is just what I wanted. Super happy with it.

    Image #1 from Paul
  5. Aadarsh (Verified Buyer)

    Good quality.

  6. Rey Davila (Verified Buyer)

    Purchased this for my father for Christmas and he loved it.

  7. Wilder Cardona (Verified Buyer)

    I absolutely love it. It arrives about a 2 days earlier then expected

  8. rodney (Verified Buyer)

    Different trunk but perfect S-Shape!

    Image #1 from rodney
  9. Charles A Shaw (Verified Buyer)

    I received this tree in Sep 2022 and it had all of its leaves, and was in perfect condition

  10. John Stockwell (Verified Buyer)

    Quite good

  11. Dan Hennis (Verified Buyer)

    Bought this as a gift for my mom, and it arrived in perfect condition and excellent packaging. The tree was wrapped in bubble wrap and secured in the pot with soil, and the wrap was tightly taped. It was then placed into a box larger than the tree with Styrofoam pieces to provide extra protection. The leaves began to sprout, and the tree is now doing great.

    Image #1 from Dan Hennis
  12. Ryan

    The packaging was good. The pot was securely wrapped and the soil was still moist. No broken branches or cracks in the pot, and no soil spilled. The pot itself is just the right size for the tree’s age and is really attractive. The soil mixture inside is high quality, with a good balance of organic and inorganic material. It drains well but still holds enough moisture for a few days. Amazing!

  13. Steven

    The tree has a nice shape and good structure. The pot arrived intact and the tree was well packaged during shipping. I’ll observe its progress after a few weeks of acclimation.

  14. Tyler (Verified Buyer)

    I surprised my son with the Chinese Elm version of the bonsai tree as a reward for his academic accomplishment. He was extremely excited, and I was equally pleased with the bonsai itself. It arrived on time and was packed securely, ensuring that it was in excellent condition upon arrival. Seeing it in person was truly impressive.

  15. Brian (Verified Buyer)

    Had a great shopping experience with this bonsai. It’s worth noting that patience is required as the tree needs to be watered daily, including every leaf and root. After a month, you can then trim it into your desired shape in its pot.

  16. Shayne Mincks (Verified Buyer)

    The tree is stunning and expertly trained. It arrived securely wired in a beautiful porcelain pot filled with top-quality bonsai soil. The delicate bonsai was shipped in a high-quality box and arrived in perfect condition. It exceeded my expectations in every way, and is my favorite among the three bonsais I’ve received from PrimeBonsai, likely due to its age

  17. Shayne Mincks (Verified Buyer)

    The tree arrived in November, and every leaf was green. I am very satisfied with my purchase and will enjoy it throughout the winter. This tree is perfect for beginners as it is easy to take care of

  18. Steven (Verified Buyer)

    I must say, the tree is beautiful! It arrived in excellent condition, well-packaged and healthy. The soil was still moist, and there were no dead or dying leaves on the plant. I am extremely pleased with what I received so far.

  19. Stephen

    This Chinese elm is beautiful and in great shape. This plant is fairly easy to have if you care for it properly, enven if you are a beginner

  20. Justin (Verified Buyer)

    The tree arrived in a healthy condition, and the container is appropriate to support its growth for a few weeks while it adjusts to its new environment. However, after unpacking and placing it outside, approximately four small leaves began to turn yellow. To remedy this, I watered the tree generously, and it seemed to recover quickly. Thus far, everything appears to be going well

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