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Japanese Zelkova

Zelkova serrata

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.192 W94 53.180

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Leaves are alternate, simple, 1 to 2 inches long with sharply serrated edges

Native Locale:
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Manchuria

Mature Height:
50 to 80 feet

Mature Width:
Less than height

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4(5) to 8

Soil Preference:
Prefers moist, deep soil; pH adaptable; once established very wind and drought tolerant

Growth Habit:
In youth, low branched, vase-shaped tree; in old age maintaining a similar form with many ascending branches

Rate of Growth:
Medium, possibly fast in youth; 10 to 12' over a 4 to 6 year period

Disease and Insect:
Resistance to Dutch elm disease, Elm leaf and Japanese beetle

Landscape Value:

Additional Notes:

  • Very handsome tree because of good foliage, interesting growth habit and handsome bark. A well suited city tree, it is considered a replacement for the American Elm.


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