BOB1945
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new tree identification

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At last could someone please help me and tell me what this tree is as I got it with no name tag

Also I have a tree of a thousand stars which is loosing all of its leaves is this normal at this time of year I am very new to bonsai growing and need help
thank you all

derkap10
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Looks like you got yourself one of them there Ulmus Parvifolia or Chinese Elms.
Happy little trees!

BOB1945
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Thank you for your help in identifying my tree, is there anything I need to know about its upkeep as I live in a flat and cannot put it outside will this do any harm

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This is a very winter hardy tree that would like a dormant period; perhaps you need another tree?

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I also have a tree of a thousand stars shown below which I was told was an indoor tree but it is loosing a large quantity of leaves should this hapen.
I have tried watering every other day but this did not help and I have left it until the soil looked fairly dry but this hasn't worked.
I do not know what else to try as I am very new to keeping bonsai and these are the first trees that I've got and I need all the help I can get I have got two books on bonsai but these do not seem to cover what I need.
I would be very grateful for any information I can get.
Thank you in antisipation for any advice

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Serissa are finicky about any number of issues, but relative humidity seems to be the big one. Higher humidity in the air rather than the soil seems to be the big issue, but drafts of cool, big changes in lighting and other factors can be problematic.

A few yellow leaves dropping is to be expected this time of year; for the most part your tree appears healthy. A humidifier, spritzing foliage during the day (when it can dry off before night) and keeping it clear of drying sources (away from heat registers, off the top of the TV, etc) will help a lot.

Frankly I think there is a repotting in your spring regimen; that pot seems far too small to me. I like a more nutritive soil for tropicals like Serissa, but that is a matter of style and practices. A wider pot will allow for more moisture retention without sitting soggy and I think will inprove the aesthetic considerably. I'd say half the depth and the width of the canopy, mounded in the middle to accomodate the root mass which I might try to split and shallow some as well.

Just a thought...

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Scott Reil

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That is great I will look to repot in the spring and put in a layger pot I do mist the tree during the day and it stands in a tray of small pebbles that I keep water in to create humidity.

I would be grateful to find out how to split the root when I repot it.

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