Japanese Elm Bonsai

Zelkova Serrata


Japanese Elm a very popular, deciduous bonsai tree. It’s branches create a wide and beautiful shape which arches round.


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Botanical Name
Zelkova Serrata
Common Names
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Child & Pet Safe?
Toxic to humans and pets.
Air Purification Qualities

About Japanese Elm Bonsai

Japanses Elm Bonsai

Japanese Elm a very popular, deciduous bonsai tree. It’s branches create a wide and beautiful shape which arches round.

How to care for a Japanese Elm Bonsai:

    • Soil – This plant likes well-drained soil.
    • Location and light – This tree likes a place in full sun during the growing season or, if the sunlight is very intense in your country, semi-shade during the hottest weeks. In winter the greybark elm should be protected from frost, especially when it is planted in a shallow bonsai container. A cold but frost-free greenhouse, garage or shed is a good winter place for this plant
    • Watering – Water when the top third of the soil has dried out and let it dry out more during autumn and winter. For those in shadier places; water when half of the soil has dried out to counteract the chance of over-watering, especially in the winter months.

      If the plant is starting to get stunted growth, dry spots appearing on the leaves and yellowing older leaves. Than the plant is or under-watered, is in a too bright/hot spot, is potbound or pot-bound.

      If the plant starts getting yellowing lower leaves, brown mushy patches developing in the stems and mouldy soil. Than the plant is or over-watered, gets too little light, has lack of drainage or incorrect soil  and possibly got root rot.

    • Humidity – Create a humidity tray to provide a moist and stable environment for your plant. If the surrounding saturation is too low or the heat too high, its leaf-edges may start to brown over and curl, especially in direct sunlight. Hose the foliage down from time to time to hydrate the leaves and keep the dust levels down.
    • Fertilisation – You can use houseplant feed fortnightly in spring and summer and once a month during autumn and winter. Although a ‘houseplant’ feed will still do the job, it is recmmendable to use a specific Bonsai-labelled fertiliser. As it’ll support the vital thirteen nutrients that this species will need to grow.Directly applying a ‘ready to pour’ feed into the soil without a pre-water beforehand will burn the roots.
    • Common pest –  Not common to get pest. In rare cases aphids, leafhoppers, gall mites or spidermites can occure.


Japanese Elm Bonsai is toxic to humans and pets. When eaten it can cause burning and swelling of the lips, tongue and throat and it can cause nause, vomiting and diarrhea.

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