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Japanese Zelkova Tree

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. Bareroot. Zones 5-8. Not available in OR.
  • Zone 5 - 8.
  • Height 50 - 70 feet.
  • Light Required Full Sun to partial shade.

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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata (this is a 3 - 4 foot seedling. No specific cultivar).
  • Height: 50 - 70 feet.
  • Spacing: 75 feet.
  • Depth: Same as nursery.
  • Spread: 40 - 50 feet.
  • Sun/Shade: Full Sun to 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.
  • Form: Deciduous.
  • Flower Form: Insignificant.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moist, fertile soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to rapid growth rate once established.
  • 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.

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