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Chinese Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

Image of Chinese Elm
Whole Plant
Image of Chinese Elm Bark
Bark
Image of Chinese Elm Flower
Flower

Sherri Hirbie, AGRO/HORT 100G Spring 2002

Smaller than most elms, at about 50' by 35', the Lacebark Elm is a great addition to any landscape. A native of China, Korea and Japan, the Lacebark Elm provides not only good shade, but also great beauty. Hanging from its graceful, pendulous branches are dark green leaves which turn yellow in the fall. The most striking feature of the Lacebark Elm is it's bark. When matured, it turns grayish and flakes off in circular portion to reveal shades of green, orange and rusty brown. Inconspicuous flowers form at the leaf base in clusters in August to October, with a small fruit following. A moderately fast grower, the Lacebark Elm needs well drained soil. It is adapted to handle harsh environments, however moderate irrigation is ideal. The Lacebark Elm is best suited for zones 4 to 9 and resistant to Dutch Elm Disease.