Bonsai Fukien Tea
Formerly called Carmona Microphylla, and now known as Ehretia buxifolia, the Fukien Tea tree, which has small, oval leaves similar to those of the box tree (Buxus, hence buxfolia), is very popular among bonsai growers in many areas.
Other species of Ehretia that are suitable for bonsai include E. Dicksoni and E. Thrysiflora, both of which are hardier than E. Buxifolia.
Although Fukien Tea trees can be grown outside in warmer climates, they should still be protected from winter frosts or cold. In colder climates, Fukien Tea trees should be grown inside for most of the year. They can, however, be placed outside on sunny summer days and may even be left outside for as long as the weather remains warm.
- Keep well watered, reducing watering only in winter. Never allow Fukien Tea to stand in water, or allow the soil to dry out completely. Frequent misting will discourage spider mites, but will apparently encourage mealy bugs.
- Likes a bright position. Most sources recommend only about an hour of direct sunlight daily, although success has been reported growing it in a sunny position all day.
- Fukien Tea prefers temperatures between 60-70F in winter. In the summer, most books recommend protection from extreme heat. This tree does not like draughts.
- Feeding: Every two weeks during growth, every four-six weeks in winter. Use bonsai food or half strength plant food.Fukien tea does not like to be overfed