A freshly trimmed and defoliated Chinese Elm bonsai

This Chinese Elm is such a hearty bonsai as well as an aggressive grower. It needs to be trimmed about twice a year. I like to wait until fall to make the job easier. Chinese elms are deciduous, so they drop their leaves in the fall. This allows you to better see the ramification of the branches for easier training.

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  1. Two weeks ago I acquired two chinese elm bonsai. I live in Chapel Hill, NC, and I’m wintering these trees in my shed (without heat). The trees came with all the leaves intact. It is turning cold now. Should I defoliate the trees? Or let the leaves fall as they might over the next months? Thank you.

    1. Hi Steve. You can do either. I like to defoliate when I’m trying to work on the branch development and ramification. It helps to see the branches without the leaves getting in the way. It also helps keep the fallen leaves out of the soil which if left unchecked can cause disease. If you have the time and the wherewithal, go ahead and do it. If for nothing else than to get to know your new trees better. If you’re busy with other tasks, they’ll be just fine in the shed.

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