The Fukien tea tree is a popular indoor bonsai plant with a thick, knotted trunk and evergreen, dense foliage of tiny, waxy leaves that contrast with its small white flowers and black fruits. It can be trained to grow in any direction and has a classic S-shape.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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Put me on a bright window sill and keep my soil moist.
Water me as soon as the topsoil has dried out or if my leaves look shrivelled.
Put me on a warm and sunny windowsill.
Mist me regularly and increase humidity with a water-filled tray of pebbles.
The bonsai Fukien Tea tree houseplant is native to parts of Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia, and is named after Fujian province in China. It has become popular as a bonsai around the world because of its attractive trunk, that be trained to grow in any direction.
In the wild, the Fukien Tea Tree houseplant grows as a shrub and produces small white flowers that bloom all year round. It typically grows to four metres tall, but there have been specimens found as big as ten metres.
The bonsai Fukien Tea Tree houseplant is a tropical tree that requires lots of natural light, warm temperatures, high humidity and moist soil. They do require a moderate amount of work to keep them happy. Their soil should be checked every few days and it should be watered as soon as the top few CMs of soil has dried out. Prune the tree regularly to maintain the desired shape.
The bonsai Fukien Tea Tree houseplant is used to treat many ailments and illnesses. The leaves, roots and even bark have been shown to have a wide range of medically active compounds.
If ingested the bonsai Fukien Tea Tree houseplant can be toxic or poisonous so keep away from dogs, cats or other pets and small children.
Ehretia microphylla; Philippine tea tree; Carmona microphylla
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