Cork Bark Seiju Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia 'Seiju') Pre-Bonsai Tree - 6Inch

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We reserve the right to delay on shipping any live plants for several days in attempt to decrease major shipping shock it may face if exposed to extreme weather conditions during delivery by third party carrier (ex: USPS, FedEx, UPS).
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Species Name: Ulmus Parvifolia 'Seiju'
Common Name: Seiju Chinese Elm or Cork Bark Seiju Elm or Seiju Elm or Seiju Lacebark Elm
Estimated Age: About 4 to 5Years
Average Height: About 6 to 8 Inches
Average Trunk Size: Up to 1/4 Inch
Pot Size: 6 Inch

Care Difficulty: Easy

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: USDA Zone 4-9 [Click here to check what zone you're in!]
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Mostly Sun (Partial Shade is Okay)
Type: Deciduous & Semi-Tropical (Likes to be kept in warmer climates)
Growth Speed: Medium (About 4 to 6+ Inches in A Year)
Growth Pattern: Broad Upright
Special Attribute: Miniature/Dwarf-Like - Has Easier Time of Staying Small


The Cork Bark Seiju Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Seiju’) is a wonderful pick for those that are new and/or want a low-maintenance species to grow in the home or office. It’s also known as ‘Seiju Lacebark Elm’. It can be a good indoor bonsai choice; so long as there’s a strong light source nearby since it tolerates urban environments well.

During the spring, it quickly grows many small (about 1/4  to 1/8 inch in size) serrated-edged oval-shaped shiny dark green leaves. The younger multi-stemmed branches have gray-colored corrugated bark. The older ones develop a rough textured bark while the old mature bark on its trunk has a deep fissured corky texture that’s dark brown. The Seiju Elm’s roots enjoy moist but well-drained soil.

During the late summer, tiny ornamental reddish-green flowers appear and turn into single-seeded wafer-like samaras (each tiny seed is surrounded by a flattened circular papery wing) that mature in fall. Their leaves typically turn an undistinguished dull yellow in fall, but sometimes they can produce more interesting shades of yellows or reddish-purple before they drop off the branches.

Even when it drops all of its leaves during the winter, they have a fascinating appearance because of its crackled look all over. One of the most ornamental features of this tree is its mottled bark. On mature trees, the bark can flake off reveal patches of striking light colors ranging from gray, cream, orange, brown, and green.

‘Seiju’ is a dwarf cultivar that is primarily used for rock gardens and bonsai. It is the slower cousin of Ulmus parvifolia ‘Hokkaido’, which features a slightly larger leaf size and a faster tree growth rate in comparison.

This pre-bonsai tree's small size makes it great for use as a starter pre-bonsai or shohin & mame bonsai shapes. It also makes for a wonderful miniature plant choice for fairy gardens, terrariums, etc. It will come in a 4 inch nursery growing plastic pot.


Price: Product $45.00 + USPS Priority Mail 4 Inch Pot Bonsai Tree Shipping & Handling $18.95 = $64.95 Total


Possible Shipping Delay Notice:
Please note that all smaller-sized bonsai trees such as this product are MORE SENSITIVE to temperature changes than their older & more mature individuals of the same species. They are currently being grown in a USDA Zone 10B outdoor plant nursery in Southern California that's very warm & temperate year-round. With this in mind, please note that we may delay shipping out your live bonsai tree to ensure that it's healthy when you receive it in your hands. We shall provide updates via email on the status of your order's delivery.


The following pictures are general images of each species. Each tree looks slightly different due to the shape, trimming and season of the year. If you want a particular tree as exactly pictured, please go to our eBay store.
House of Bonsai reserves the right to delay on shipping any live plant order by several days to a few weeks; in order to attempt to decrease the high risk of major shipping related stress that may shock the plants during extreme weather conditions (too hot or cold). If we are purposely delaying your order because of this, we will notify you via email. Before you submit an order, please be mindful of your local weather and time of year. If there is major damage (ex: plant is dead or many branches are broken), please contact your third party shipping carrier (ex: USPS, FedEx, UPS) to submit an insurance claim with them as we are not able to assist with that matter. The fault is with the third party shipping carrier for such damage since it happened out of our hands. We are not responsible for any damages after the order leaves our facility since they were out of our control. If the bonsai tree is still alive but weakened due to shock (leaves are yellow-brownish or leaves have fallen off) then we are happy to assist in proving post-delivery plant shock care instructions via email to revive the plant. Please notify us by email of the issue within 48 hours upon receiving the order in hand. Please email us at with your Order # and the keywords "Shock After Delivery" in the title so we can assist ASAP. For further details, please read our full "Shipping, Return & Cancellation Policy" under Our Policies in our top menu.