I have recently been gifted a bonsai; it's actually from Marks & Spencers in the UK, but frustratingly it doesn't have any kind of information what the species is.

The leaves seem a bit darker and thicker than a ficus, and the bark almost reminds me of an apple tree? It also has produced these small, white blooms.

I'm really keen to find out what it is, especially so I can properly handle things like soil pH and find an appropriate fertilizer!

I've attached some photos here as well.

Overview of the bonsai

Close up of the bark

Close up of bonsai leaves

Close up of bonsai leaves with emerging flowers

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Ehretia microphylla better known as Fukien Tea tree, it is a popular tropical bonsai. This means that it cannot be exposed to frost. For more detailed care instruction please see for example here.

  • Excellent, thank you! I knew you were exactly right the minute I looked it up and saw the leaves.
    – Padraic
    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:35
  • Great, you are welcome! Good luck with this bonsai tree.
    – benn
    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:48
  • "Fukien Tea tree" - there really is no need for language like that :-)
    – Peter4075
    Aug 14, 2019 at 16:52

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