The celtis tree grows a fine twig structure, with green leaves. The celtis sinensis (also called hackberry) grows flowers in spring followed by tiny orange fruits in early summer. It can be kept indoors, but most often it grows best when placed outside.

If you need help identifying your tree, try our Bonsai tree identification guide.


Specific Bonsai care guidelines for the Celtis

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

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

Fertilizing: 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.

Propagation: From cuttings during summer. Can also be grown from seed.

For more detailed information on these techniques, try our Bonsai tree care section.



Example of an Celtis (Hackberry) Bonsai tree

Celtis sinensis, Chinese hackberry Bonsai