Help with identification and development (lavender star?)

Shawni

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HI all,

Just purchased my first bonsai and I'm extremely excited! I was told that I was buying a Chinese Elm, but after further research I believe it's a lavender star bonsai because of the flower, does anyone agree? It seems to be a fairly rare tree and I'm having trouble finding much advice for growing it.

If there's anyone who has had success with this tree, please give some tips! Also I appreciate any tips for the first 2 weeks of getting my tree acclimated to its new home. Thanks!
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Shawni

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Questions:

Should I use fertilizer if I just got the tree?
Should I wait to prune, if not how much is ok to take off?
How do I thicken the trunk?
 

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Is it inside? outside is a lot better as there is more light and air flow. (but don't go from indirect light to full sun at once).
It should be fine in New Jersey, at least in summer, it might need some protection in winter. But I do not know this species.

The soil seems to be inorganic, that's good. But you need to fertilise, easiest is a standard liquid fertiliser (with micro nutrients) used as recommended on the bottle.
When watering you need to water so much water comes out of the bottom. If you do that you can't over-fertilise.
You can prune by cutting back the long branches but if you want to get a thicker trunk the key is letting it grow.

Most things about pruning, wiring and fertiliser are rather similar for moth deciduous trees so just read the general rules/tips/methods.
 

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