General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 75 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Japanese Zelkova
  • Keyaki
  • Japanese Grey-bark Elm
  • Jushu
  • Neutinamu
  • Tsuki

Photo Gallery
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2022-10-17
Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-03-02
Gigantic, monster-sized Zelkova that I didn’t even recognize as
Location: Gresgarth Hall, England
Date: 2019-09-08
Bark detail
Location: Real Botanico de Madrid
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-02-25
Bonsai training began in 1909.
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis
Date: 2024-02-14
Location: Real Botanico de Madrid
Location: Frasier, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-10-18
a large, old specimen
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-23
Fall Color.
Location: Morton Arboretum
credit: Bruce Marlin
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-08
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-25
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 7, 2018 3:36 PM concerning plant:
    This species is not only native to Japan, but also to northern China, Korea, and Taiwan. It is a member of the Elm Family and is definitely elm-like and vase-shaped in habit. I believe that I finally have seen the mother species one time as a large, old specimen in a cemetery in southeast Pennsylvania. However, there are lots of the most common cultivar of 'Village Green' planted around the Philadelphia region and some in the Chicago region of the USA. The second most common cultivar is 'Green Vase' that grows bigger, taller, and more upright than the former.

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