Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese Elm) 'Seiju'
For reference only. Not currently for sale.
Light: Full to Part Sun
Interesting dwarf form of the tree; A real cutie!
Photo by North Carolina Arboretum
Great for bonsai or just as a miniature tree. Even in winter, without leaves, Ulmus parvifolia ‘Seiju’ has a fascinating appearance. Buds along the plant’s many short, twiggy shoots look like strands of jewels, as do the green leaves when they emerge. Older stems develop exfoliating bark. Use the small, slow-growing, high-interest plant in rock garden, container or small bed to provide an Asian aesthetic.
Prefers full to part sun and moist, well-drained soil. Pinch off growing tips to create a more bushy tree. Expensive bonsai tools not required. Allow to remain cold (below 40F) but above freezing in winter. Hardy in zones 5-10. (Source: Hirt's Gardens)