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: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 35 to 50 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 2,337 (Expired)
Goes Dormant

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Village Green™
Cultivar name: 'Village Green'
Common names
  • Japanese Zelkova
  • Japanese Grey-bark Elm

Photo Gallery
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: October of 2009
full-grown tree in fall color
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-11-07
two trees touching in fall
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-01-31
specimen in winter
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-08-02
close-up of trunk and bark
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2008-08-26
full-grown park & street tree
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Date: 2010-09-08
street tree
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-30
park tree in fall
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-30
single tree in fall
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-08-26
park & street tree
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-08-02
summer foliage
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-30
bark and trunk
Location: WAM
Date: 2017-04-16
Beautiful green bark Japanese Zelkova
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 7, 2018 3:26 PM concerning plant:
    The 'Village Green' cultivar of the Japanese Zelkova is a very common medium-sized shade or street tree in the Philadelphia region that is mostly planted in parks, in parkways along streets, in sidewalk wells, on school & college and business park campuses, and at public buildings. It has a definite vase-shape for a long time, but usually will eventually become sort of wide and rounded in habit. It grows about 1.5 to 2 feet/year, even up to 3 feet/year when very young . Easy to transplant from its fibrous root system. Its elm-like leaves develop a good bright orange to rusty red fall colour. It has handsome bark, mostly grey and smooth but with some exfoliating areas and some green & orange & tan colour also. This cultivar was selected by Princeton Nurseries because its growth is a little faster and more vigorous than the mother species, it develops a good straight trunk, it bears good fall colour, and is among the cold hardiest of the species. The small green flowers and drupes (berry-like fruit) are inconspicuous. I have seen some die back on trees from stressful summers, and this member of the Elm Family does get picked on a little by a few elm diseases, though not Dutch Elm Disease. It is a good quality tree.

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