The Chinese Hackberry is a great species for bonsai because it grows at a relatively fast pace and naturally gets very twiggy and develops fine ramification. This variety is ideal for developing into any size of bonsai and can be developed into a nice quality bonsai tree in just a few years. This species is a favorite of the Taiwanese bonsai growers who have developed some stunning examples with extremely fine ramification. Grown from seed at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name(s): Chinese Hackberry
Latin Name: Celtis sinensis
Type: Deciduous broad-leaf
Native to: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan
Climate: Thrives in Zones 7-10, may be cold hardy to Zone 6. Provide winter protection if you live in a cold climate.
Care: The Chinese Hackberry tolerates a wide range of conditions. Partial or dappled shade is recommended. Protect from strong afternoon sun during the hottest summer months.
Notes: This is a deciduous tree and therefore will not have foliage during the winter.