Japanese Zelkova 51

Scientific Name

Zelkova serrata
Ulmaceae

Characteristics

The Japanese Zelkova is a good street and shade tree that has an appealing vase-shaped form with a rounded crown. It is a medium growing tree and can gain heights of up to 80 feet and a width of 75 feet. Green leaves turn yellow, copper, orange or deep red to purplish-red in fall, putting on a showy display. The peeling bark on older trees exposes orange patches, which can be quite impressive. This tree grows in a wide range of soil textures, acidic to slightly alkaline, moist to dry. It tolerates drought (once established) and compacted soil.