The elephant tree ( Operculicarya decaryi) gets its common name from its gray, gnarled trunk. It has a thick bumpy and twisted trunk, zigzagging branches and alternate odd-pinnate leaves with tiny shiny dark green rounded leaflets, that are often beautifully tinged red in cooler weather. Mature plants bear red flowers and round, orange fruit.
Age : 5 Years
Height : 12-30 cm
Size (Approx) : L X W X H : 4" x 4" x 6"
Note : The plant might differ a little than the picture as each Bonsai is created differently.
Operculicarya likes semi-shade to full sunlight but avoid exposing to direct midday sunlight if possible. It need a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight each day
Keep the Operculicarya moist, but be careful not to overwater because wet soil can also harm it. Water your tree generously as soon as the soil surface gets dry, but it must not be left in excess water
Solid organic fertilizer works well for the Operculicarya. Liquid fertilizers can also be used in carefully measured dosage and only on moist soil. Feed the tree well from spring to autumn, following the directions for use, and less often during winter.
Bonsai needs sufficient bright light. Keep it near a bright window or in semi shade. In balconies keep it on the eastern side where the sun is not very harsh on them. Keep the soil for bonsai moist. Don't over water it or keep the soil very wet or it will shed the leaves and eventually cause a root rot.
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