Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata 'Village Green')

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollution
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

full-grown tree in fall color

Photo gallery:
Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: October of 2009full-grown tree in fall color
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-11-07two trees touching in fall
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-01-31specimen in winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-02close-up of trunk and bark
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-08-26full-grown park & street tree
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2010-09-08street tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-10-30park tree in fall
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-10-30single tree in fall
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Location: WAMDate: 2017-04-16Beautiful green bark Japanese Zelkova
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-26park & street tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-08-02summer foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-10-30bark and trunk
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 7, 2018 3:26 PM

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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