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I'm trying to find the name of this tree. It's currently a bonsai and isn't doing very well, indoors or out. It came with no identification and very basic instructions like "don't let it dry out." Hoping if I know the type I can better care for it.

I'm the kind of person who feels sad when a houseplant dies. Losing a bonsai would be like killing a relative...

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Pretty sure it's a Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata).

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  • Oooh it's deciduous. So it's probably fine. Just dropping all its leaves. And here I was freaking out. Dec 30 '14 at 18:08
  • @user1066609 What season is it where you are?
    – J. Musser
    Dec 30 '14 at 21:45
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    And what location. It should only be inside if the winters are too harsh for it outside.
    – nportelli
    Jan 5 '15 at 19:41
  • I've got a japanese zelkova bonsai, and the leaves in the OPs picture look too thick and stiff, and the serrations aren't pointy enough.
    – standgale
    Jan 11 '15 at 8:39
  • @standgale Yeah, there are a lot of variations.
    – J. Musser
    Jan 29 '15 at 3:01

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