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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40-50 feet
Plant Spread: 40-50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Can be semi-deciduous in the far south
Fruit: Other: wafer-looking tan samaras
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish Yellow
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollution
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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Common names
  • Chinese Elm
  • Lacebark Elm

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Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: October 21, 2022
Chinese Elm #127 nn; LHB pa. 334, 51-1-5, "Ancient Latin name of
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-02
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2008-07-29
several trees in a line in parkway
Location: Chicago Botanical Gardens
Date: 2013-05-06
Bonsi , style Clump
Location: RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK.
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-04-12
Backyard birds love this tree
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-01-09
bark and trunk
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-11-24
bark
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Bonsai--started 1974, trained since 1984, donated by Howard Wrigh
Location: RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK.
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Harrogate Flower Show
Date: 2019-04-27
Location: Middleburg, Florida
Date: 2012-10-01
Seeds about to mature.  Every fall the drake in my yard has thous
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-03
full-grown specimen
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-10-07
seeds and foliage
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-11-17
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-11-24
winter form
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-06-30
full-grown specimen
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-05-18
Location: Hauck legacy trail Cincinnati, Oh.
Date: 2018-05-26
Beautiful bark
Location: RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK.
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-08-05 
I love the pretty bark of my neighbors tree but not the thousands
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-11-29
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
full-grown tree in golden fall colour
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
top of tree at post office
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
fall foliage
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
seed in fall with leaves
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
trunk and bark
Location: Middleburg, Florida
Date: 2012-09-30
Recognizable peeling bark of a drake elm
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-22
Location: Hauck legacy trail Cincinnati, Oh.
Date: 2018-05-26
planted 1954
Location: Hauck legacy trail Cincinnati, Oh.
Date: 2018-05-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-07
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-02
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-22 
New spring foliage
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-22
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-11-29
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-04 
Plant in a neighbor's yard that was pruned from about 6' down to
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-04 
Closer view of foliage
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-04 
Seedlings I pulled out of the yard and potted up
Location: Middleburg, Florida
Date: 2012-10-01
This drake elm is four years old - from a seedling.  Really fast
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Mar 3, 2012 10:04 PM concerning plant:
    The Chinese Elm is a deciduous to semi deciduous tree that can attain heights to 50'. Leaves are small at @ 1.5" in length and elliptical to ovate in shape. Young trees have an erect growth habit but with age become spreading and take on a vase like shape. The fruit are small flat, papery samaras that hang in clusters from the leaf axils. Insignificant flowers appear in early autumn and are greenish-yellow in color. Chinese Elms make great shade and street trees and are resistant to pests and disease, including dutch elm disease.
  • Posted by homerduck (Middleburg, Florida - Zone 9a) on Oct 1, 2012 2:33 PM concerning plant:
    Really fast growing tree. Seedlings must be kept under control continuously. They pop up everywhere in the yard and garden.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 6, 2018 4:29 PM concerning plant:
    Lacebark Elm is the better name, but it can be called the True Chinese Elm; a name once confused with the other "Chinese" Elm that is better called the Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila), which is its ugly big sister, though I have seen a few Siberian Elms that look good. Lacebark Elm is usually a smaller medium sized tree of about 25 to 35 feet high, but in the South it can get to 50 feet high or more. The scientific species name is from Latin that is "parvifolia" that means small-leaved. The small leaves are shiny, dark, thick, and only 3/4 to 2.5 inches long by 1/3 to 1.3 inches wide. The fall color can be a good yellow to red-purple, especially in the South, but sometimes it is a poor yellowish-green depending. Unlike most elms, this species flowers in August-September and then fruits in October-November. It is commonly or somewhat commonly planted in the South and Mid-Atlantic USA. I've seen a very few doing well in the Chicago, IL area of Zone 5a. In the Mid-Atlantic I see it planted much more in public landscapes, parks, campuses, and office or industrial parks than in the average homeowner's yard, as landscape architects know it much better than the homeowner. It is sort of twiggy, but it makes a good quality tree. The species is native to China, Korea, and Japan. I have not seen it escape cultivation in the North USA.
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