Chinese Elm Bonsai - Great For Beginners (Inside / Outside)

$49.95 - $175.00
$13.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)

Chinese Elm Bonsai - Great For The Beginner 

ct8003ce-thumb.jpgChinese Elm Care Sheet

The Chinese Elm is Bonsai Outlet’s own World Champion, consistently outselling all the other species we offer (and looking good doing it). 


Key takeaways you should be aware of:

  1. Chinese Elm's are know for losing their leaves. Until it establishes its new home, leaf loss will occur. Could be up to 60-80%.
  2. Good news is, the leaves will come back.
  3. The tree you receive will not be identical to the tree you see in the picture. The picture is just a representation and the tree you receive could have a different shape and pot color.
  4. Recommended soil to use would be the Tinyroots Tropical Soil 

IMPORTANT: You want to buy a Chinese elm from a reputable nursery. You should buy all of your Bonsai Trees from a nursery. Roots on a Chinese elm need to be established, and even then, your tree will lose a lot of its leaves as it establishes itself to its new home. Buying a plant with glued rocks from a big box store is not ideal. Those trees are massed produced and rarely survive - they're not generally healthy when you see them in the store. 

Chinese Elms are natives of East Asia, and left to its natural form they can grow up to 60ft tall. However, these exquisite trees were seemingly made for The Art of Bonsai.

The Chinese Elm’s canopy is rounded and lush with small, shiny, leathery dark-green leaves that have tiny teeth running alongside each edge. The gorgeous trunk has an incredibly graceful swaying shape that helps it look exactly as Bonsai should ~ a miniature version of an age-old tree.

Aesthetics aside, the Chinese Elm is also a perfect tree for beginners because it’s extraordinarily hardy, it has the unique ability to adapt to an indoor or outdoor environment and its both slow growing & tolerant.

Our Chinese Elm is the quintessential Bonsai and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

A ceramic pot chosen to compliment the Chinese Elm Bonsai is included, color may vary.

*** The Chinese Elm is awesome and you're going to love it, BUT, it will lose it leaves once it is removed from the box upon arrival, so just be prepared for 60-80% leaf loss.  Don't worry, they'll come back.  They always do. ***


  • Small Chinese Elm - 5 Years Old, 6-10" Tall
  • Medium Chinese Elm - 8 Years Old, 10-14" Tall
  • Large Chinese Elm - 12 Years Old, 16-20" Tall 

Important Shipping Guidelines: 

  • We cannot ship to a FPO, APO, P.O. Box or to locations in AlaskaVirgin Islands, Puerto RicoHawaii or anywhere internationally.
  • All Bonsai are shipped direct from the nursery and may ship separately from other items purchased via the Bonsai Outlet.
  • Most Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.
  • If extreme weather is expected, we may delay shipping your Bonsai tree to guarantee a healthy arrival; in such a case we will contact you. We are shipping living trees and must be conscious of the temperature conditions to the delivery address, as well as, while in transit. That said, we reserve the right to hold the tree(s) to guarantee a healthy delivery. 
  • Will I Kill It?

    Maybe, but probably not. Kids and pets are much harder to keep alive, so if you’ve ever had one of them you’ll be fine. Most Bonsai we sell need little more than sun & water.

  • Are there specific Care Guides available for each species?

    Yes there are, and you can find them HERE

  • When will my Bonsai ship?

    We ship daily. However, trees to the west coast ship on Mondays or Tuesday to avoid being held in-transit over the weekend. Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.

  • Can I track my Bonsai?

    Yes, once your Bonsai ships you’ll get an email with a FedEx tracking number that you’ll be able to use on their website to see exactly when your tree will arrive.

  • Do I need anything else to start an adventure in Bonsai?

    Your Bonsai will arrive potted in a ceramic Bonsai pot that will compliment your tree and right off the bat that’s all you’ll need. If you’re looking for the basics beyond that, a Starter Kit and Humidity Tray are an excellent place to start.