I just bought this bonsai and I can’t find anywhere what type it is.

Can someone help me please?

image of the bonsai in question leaf detail of the bonsai in question

  • Ask the store that sold it to you. Jan 21, 2017 at 5:00
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    Hey @Jess and welcome. Someone will identify your bonsai soon, I'm sure. Great and clear pics, this should be a quick ID for one of our experts,
    – Brenn
    Jan 21, 2017 at 7:27

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If it’s a bonsai from some hardware store or something, I guess…

… it’s a Fukien tea bonsai, a relatively common plant species used in bonsai.

There’s various scientific synonyms for it, some of them are:

It’s quite characteristic with its leaves’ glossy, spotted look:

File:Starr 080117-1889 Carmona retusa.jpg from Commons (CC-BY-3.0/Forest & Kim Starr)

Note that due to its widespread distribution as a “DIY store bonsai” (thus lacking scientific accuracy), an unclear number of cultivars exist (i.e. same species with variance in appearance).

Also, see this slideshow video or web pics (like this, this or this) for reference.

  • If it is: Shortly after this answer, I had a talk with a neighbor who by chance is a bonsai salesman. He advised against a Fukien, because they require a humid climate that hardly can be sustained by spraying them. I had a Fukien tea once (gift from a hardware store) which didn't survive for too long.
    – dakab
    Jan 23, 2017 at 5:45
  • Thanks dakab for all the information on this bonsai :) I will try to keep it humid as much as I can.
    – Jess
    Jan 24, 2017 at 5:39

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