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Hello,

I'm new here, I've got a Chinese Elm or Zelkova (I'm not sure which as I know there is a lot of confusion between the two). Its the one where it grows small little white flowers.

Leaves turning brown & dropping off
I've had it since February and not had any problems, it grew really well during the summer but now quite a few of the leaves have turned brown and dropped off. New ones have grown in place, I'm not really sure what's happening to it.

I read somewhere that they go dormant during the autumn/winter months but not sure if this is right and what I'd need to do?

Repotting time?
I also don't know whether it needs re-potting. When I use a toothpick the roots seem to reaching the edge of the pot. When I bought it, the tree was quite unstable in its pot but its not now.

I water it with bottled water usually on average once a week but don't let it dry out and try not to overwater it. I've got it indoors and not moved its position or anything like that.

Please can someone advise what might be happening?

Thanks

Shelf2006

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Shelf,

You wrote:
I've got a Chinese Elm or Zelkova (I'm not sure which as I know there is a lot of confusion between the two). Its the one where it grows small little white flowers.
I suspect that you have something other than an Elm or Zelkova. Check out the pics here and see if either one looks familiar.

[url]https://www.dallasbonsai.com/bonsai_tree_care_TomM_ChineseElm2.html[/url]


Or perhaps does this look more like it?

[url]https://www.wafu.com/dictionary/az-900.htm[/url]

Norm

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I've tried to find a pic that looks identical but cannot find one. It has the white flowers in the second link, but doesn't have the big buds as in the pic and the leaves look different. In the first pic it doesn't have jagged edges either, the leaves are rounded except at the tips which then become jagged. I've no idea what it is!?? It's a mystery tree, lol. I don't know if you might know what it is??

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I've managed to get some pics uploaded if thats of any help.


https://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m170/shelf2006/300406-0004.jpg

https://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m170/shelf2006/190406-0001.jpg

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Shelf,

Well it certainly is not an Elm or Zelkova, these trees have the serrated leaves that are shown in the first link. The second link shows Serissa, a tropical plant that is known to be somewhat finicky and not the best choice for the novice. Since you have new leaves don't panic, treat it as you have been. Begin researching "bonsai soil".

I am by no means certain of this identification but it looks close. Google Serissa and see what you can find. When you determine what it is you may want to start another thread with the name in the title.

Here is a link. [url]https://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Serissa.html[/url]

Good luck.

Norm

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shelf2006 wrote:I've managed to get some pics uploaded if thats of any help.


https://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m170/shelf2006/300406-0004.jpg

https://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m170/shelf2006/190406-0001.jpg



I really think that is a Fukien Tea.

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Fukien tea?

:shock:

I'm shocked that it might be a fukien tea, it came with a label saying Chinese Zelkova but like Norm says its not got the same leaf structure as in the link or the hundreds of flowers and buds. I've had a look at some pics and they seem to look very similiar.

Thanks for all of your advice, its stopped dropping leaves now, I put it in the window so that it got a bit more natural light as its slightly shaded at times where it is and it seems to be doing well again.

Thanks again

Shelf

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Im happy it stopped dropping leaves.


Describe the leaves for me.

Are they rough like a cats tongue? How many points do the flowers have?

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Fukien tea?

The leaves are rough like a cats tongue, each flower has 5 points.

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Re: Fukien tea?

shelf2006 wrote:The leaves are rough like a cats tongue, each flower has 5 points.
Its a fukien tea. :)


https://www.bonsai-bci.com/species/fukien.html

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Wow, I still can't get over that.

Thanks so much for your help. At least I know what it is now!!

Shelf2006

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Not much of a need for moderators in here! Keep up the great work everyone! This forum has really grown into it's own.

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opabinia51 wrote:Not much of a need for moderators in here! Keep up the great work everyone! This forum has really grown into it's own.

Pfff, any posts from Opa and HG are always good.

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