Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)

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Give a thumbs up Japanese Zelkova
Give a thumbs up Japanese Grey-bark Elm

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 75 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree

a large, old specimen

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 7, 2018 3:36 PM

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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Interesting plant by Junker1004 May 20, 2016 1:20 PM 280

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