Chinese Hackberry (Celtis Sinensis) Forest Planting No4

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Outdoor Deciduous
Bonsai Tree

These Hackberry (Celtis Sinensis) are planted in groups of 7 to make nice forest / group plantings. This species are quite rare in the U.K. Place in full sun but be careful not to allow the pot to fully dry out. Feed well with one of our outdoor slow release bonsai feeds during the grwing season. Protection below -5 oC is recommended. This tree has a similar growth pattern to a Zelkova and similar looking leaves, it has a very fine twiggy structure which carries glossy, blunt-toothed, dark green leaves. Small green flowers are borne in Spring followed by small, sweet, edible fruit which are a dark-orange ripening to red-brown. 

This batch of Hackberry bonsai trees are planted into 25cm wide bonsai pots. They are between 27 & 30cm tall including the pot.

Ready for shipping within 2 working days. Postage will be added at the checkout for these smaller trees.


Species Guide Courtesy Of Harry Harrington

Celtis (Hackberry)

Celtis Sinensis is a spreading, deciduous tree native to E. China, Korea and Japan where it reaches heights of around 12metres in woodland areas.

Visually similar to Zelkova serrata, Hackberrys have a very fine twig structure which carries glossy,blunt-toothed, dark green leaves to 8cm long.

Small green flowers are borne in Spring followed by small, sweet, edible fruit which are a dark-orange ripening to red-brown.

Rarely seen in the UK, Hackberrys are a fairly commonly used species in America and Asia where hotter summers are beneficial to vigorous growth.


POSITION Full sun. Frost protection advised below -5°C.

FEEDING Weekly after buds open for 4 to 5 weeks. Then every two weeks until late Summer.

REPOTTING Annually as buds extend, use a basic soil mix.

PRUNING Trim back new shoots to shape. Responds well to repeated pruning and defoliation. This can cause 3 or 4 new shoots to emerge at the same point; it is important to reduce this to two.

PROPAGATION Sow seed outside in Autumn. Air-layering or cuttings in late-Spring.

PESTS AND DISEASES Trouble free in European climates.

STYLING Formal and informal upright forms, cascade and broom forms. Suitable for single or multiple trunks in all sizes.

Cultivation Notes

Watering: Water frequently, make sure the tree doesn't dry out.

Position: Place the Celtis Sinensis in the sun, but be very careful that it doesn't dry out on a hot day..

Feeding: Once every two or three weeks during its growth season (from early spring till autumn). The Celtis Africana is a somewhat slower growing tree, fertilize monthly..

Pruning: The Celtis bonsai will grow a very fine ramification when regularly pruned. Trim back shoots that outgrow the intended shape..

Repotting: Every two years in spring, using a basic soil mixture.

- This tree will withstand some frost, Protection below -5 oC is recommended