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Chinese Elm, Lace Bark Elm
Scientific Name: Ulmus parvifolia Jacq.
Synonym:
Family: Ulmaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 3-24,26-35,37-39
USDA: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun

Origin: China, Korea and Japan

Growth Habits: Deciduous to semi-evergreen, moderate to rapid growth to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide (9-15 m); attractive grey and orange flaking bark; 0.7 to 2.5 inches long elliptic toothed leaves (1.7-6.2 cm), turning yellow or reddish in the fall

Watering Needs: Regular water, moist, well drained soil, tolerates poor soil

Propagation: Seeds, greenwood tip cuttings, named varieties are often grafted


The Chinese Elm is not affected by Dutch elm disease. There are a number of named cultivars.

Blooming Habits:
Inconspicuous flowers, in clusters, at the end of the summer.

Fruiting Habits:
The Ulmus parvifolia has flat, papery, winged samaras in the fall, nearly round, 0.32 inch wide (8 mm), 0.5 inch long (12 mm), with a notch at the tip.


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