Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm


A small to medium, deciduous/semi deciduous tree with a wide spreading, vase-shaped to broadly rounded, canopy. The slender trunk has highly ornamental bark that, in older trees, will flake in irregular patches to reveal brownish-orange to green and grey mottled colouring. Leaves are small, dark green and have a shallowly serrated margin. Autumn colour is yellow to yellowish-green. Small green flowers are inconspicuous and fruit is a rounded samara. Grows best in full sun and is very adaptable to a wide range of urban situations and conditions such as compaction, wetness, dryness and air pollution. Not tolerant of water-logged soils though and requires a moist well-drained soil that is lightly acidic to alkaline. Widely planted in large parks and gardens as a shade or specimen tree.


DimensionsHeight: 6 to 10m, Width: 11m
Aspect Full sun
OriginChina, Japan, North Korea, Vietnam
Pests & diseasesNo major problems
Typical sizes25ltr, 45ltr, 100ltr, 200ltr

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