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Japanese Zelkova

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A close relative of the elm, a tall and beautiful shade tree with a vase-shaped habit, interesting peeling bark and good fall color; low maintenance and trouble-free, an excellent choice for street plantings or larger landscapes

Characteristics

Species:
serrata
Average Landscape Height:
70 feet
Average Landscape Width:
50 feet
Genus:
Zelkova
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
orange
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Japanese Zelkova has forest green deciduous foliage on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Zelkova is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Japanese Zelkova will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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