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Bonsai Fukien Tea Tree

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The Fukien tea tree is a popular bonsai because of its thick and knotted trunk, evergreen, dense foliage of tiny, waxy leaves that contrast its small white flowers and black fruits. It can be trained to grow in any direction and has a classic S-shape.

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To see me at my best

Put me on a bright window sill and keep my soil moist.

Plant Care Tips

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Water me as soon as the topsoil has dried out or if my leaves look shrivelled.

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Put me on a warm and sunny windowsill.

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Mist me regularly and increase humidity with a water-filled tray of pebbles.

About Bonsai Fukien Tea Tree


The Fukien Tea tree 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 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 Fukien Tea Tree Bonsai 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.

Did you know?

The Fukien Tea Tree Bonsai 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 this plant can be toxic or poisonous so keep away from dogs, cats or other pets and small children.

Also Known As

Ehretia microphylla; Philippine tea tree; Carmona microphylla

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