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hello & help

hi, everyone-
I am new to this forum. I am a 20 year old student, and know next to nothing about plants in general & Bonsai trees in particular.
Someone gave me a Bonsai tree as a gift. It won't say what kind of tree it actually is, and I have no idea how to take care of it.

I have posted some pictures on the net, could someone please tell me what kind of tree it is? I really like it and don't want to kill it.

here are links to the pictures:

thanks very much
Estie Cohen

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Sorry I am drawing a blank with this one. I though it might be a Sageretia theezans or Sweet Plum, as this is a species I am really unfamiliar with. But I found a good picture of the foliage and it does not seem to match. What do you think?

Perhaps someone else has an idea.


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Is it a Serissa foetida? Seems that is a 'usual suspect', but I have never laid eyes on one, afaik. Image search on Google seemed promising ;-)


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Looks to me like Eugenia myrtifolia, a fairly commonly mentioned species in text about indoor bonsai, though not as often seen in real life. It's a pretty hardy species and general indoor bonsai care should be sufficient, with no special needs.

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