Native to East Asia, Chinese Elms are one of the true “miniature trees” used in Bonsai. Few specimens have the look of a real tree than a well-sculpted Elm. The leaves of the Chinese Elm are small and leathery. The dark green color is shiny on the top with tiny blunt teeth. While the Chinese Elm is a beautiful tree, the bark is its most distinctive feature. Chinese Elms are a great choice for beginners at Bonsai because they’re very easy to take care of and have a predictable growth pattern. They’re very forgiving when pruned and are happy inside or outside.