Chinese elm seems like it’s ignored a bit on the various bonsai forums. Probably due to it being one of the big three mallsai species (along with juniper procumbens nana and ginseng ficus). I have been itching to get one for a while though. I really like how well the leaves reduce, their shape, and the speed the species can growth.
Saturday the Indianapolis Bonsai Club had its annual open house and picnic at the house of the club president, Scott Yelich, who also happens to run Eagle Creek Bonsai. He had a nice display of his personal bonsai in his backyard, but I am afraid I didn’t think to snap any photos. He has the biggest fukien tea bonsai I have ever seen. It’s probably a foot to a foot and a half tall with a three or four inch trunk. I was looking around in the sale section and came across some different trees I would like to have. This Chinese elm jumped out at me for the decent movement it already has plus the two surface roots that make the base appear wider. Scott told me that it had been overwatered by an automatic watering system while he had been away, but it would bounce back quickly. It’s already putting out fresh new leaves so I’m not worried.
I need to figure out a future plan for this tree. I think I will keep going with a broom style. I am contemplating cutting it down to that first branch and using that to create a new top. It would create more taper and movement, plus the leaf size would fit an even smaller tree. For now I want it to recover from the over watering and start growing vigorously.