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Japanese Zelkova

Good Replacement for American Elm

Graceful vase-shaped shade tree has elliptical, dark green foliage. Displays showy fall mix of yellow, rust, bronze, dark red and purple. Attractive steel-gray bark exfoliates to expose orange shading beneath. Good street tree; tolerates urban conditions. Popular as a superior replacement for the American Elm. Grows rapidly to 50-75 ft. with 40- to 50-ft. spread. Zones 5-8.

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  • Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata
  • Height: 50 - 70 Feet
  • Spacing: 75 feet.
  • Depth: Same as nursery. Plant so roots are below soil level.
  • Spread: 40 - 50 feet.
  • Light Required: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Foliage: Elliptical shaped with toothed margins, 1 1/2 - 3 inches long, dark green color in Spring, showy Fall color is a mix of yellow, rust, bronze, dark red and purple.
  • Zone: 5 - 8.
  • Form: Shade Tree.
  • Flower Form: Insignificant.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moist, fertile soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to rapid growth rate once established.
  • Size: 3-4' Bareroot
  • Comments: Gaining popularity as a replacement for the American Elm, since it is a good street tree and tolerates urban conditions well. Graceful and stately vase-shaped growth habit, rapid growth and establishment and showy Fall color.

Planting Success: Step by Step


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Trees - Unboxing
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Trees - Planting Delayed
Trees - Site Prep
Trees - Site Prep
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Trees - Planting
Trees - Fertilizer/Staking/Mulching
Trees - Fertilizer/Staking/Mulching
Trees - Reachables
Trees - Reachables

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