Ulmus, the true Elms.
Pretty much any of the Elms that you come across will perform well as bonsai. It is not always easy to settle on the exact species due to the fact that they hybridise so readily.
The common UK species are U. procera , english elm, U. carpinifolia, Smooth leaved elm, U. glabra, Scots or Wych elm. Several others classed as species are quite region specific although with cultivation comes the likelihood of planting in almost any area.
In any case they are all hardy and grow well in a wide range of conditions. They respond particularly well to most bonsai techniques, happy living in pots, react really well to pruning making branches quick to grow and ramify and consequently make creating the desired beautiful winter image of deciduous species just about as easy as it can be.
We have listed this as U. procera but in truth we are not that sure about which elm species it actually is. I also categorise this really as raw material even though I know that it has been a bonsai for a very long time. Reason being is that it was clearly a much bigger bonsai prior to coming into our hands and the top part has died for some reason. The base has mostly stayed alive and there is now vigorous but as yet untrained branching emerging from that base. Plenty of branches now to structure into a canopy for the new bonsai. The trunk base is pretty impressive though. Great surface roots spread to 26 cm. across at soil level and above those roots the actual trunk is 10 cm. in diam. Where the upper dead trunk was removed some very basic carving to ” naturalise ” has been done and this can certainly be refined and improved if required. It is in the chuhin size category at a height of 42 cm. and the branching as is spreads to 52 cm. I am convinced there is a really good bonsai waiting to be developed in this bit of raw stock. It is in a plastic bonsai trainer 35x25x10 cm