Do you ever wonder where those bonsai in the flower shops and garden centres come from? We see the same Chinese Elms and Serrissa in all the usual hardware outlets in the UK and in many cases they are half dead already due to neglect. I recently joined the Wee Trees Bonsai Forum and one of the members had been to visit a Bonsai Nursery that supplies many outlets in the UK.
I found it a rather sad story of trees being imported and the journey they take to get here. If you are interested in seeing the photos and reading about, just click on the Wee Trees link below to read the thread.