Zelkova serrata is a deciduous, tree with a vase-shaped habit that typically grows 50-80 feet tall
and most often occurs in rich, moist woods and hillsides and moist stream banks. It
is noted for its graceful shape, clean foliage, attractive bark and resistance to
Dutch elm disease. Zelkova is often substituted for American elm (Ulmus americana) because of its resistance to Dutch elm disease. Cultivars from the Chinese cousin
are also available.
Some notable cultivars: ‘Schmidtlow’ Wireless® (25’ high and 35’ wide); ‘Ogon’ (‘Bright
Park’) (golden yellow leaves, coral stems); ‘Musashino’ (narrow upright 45’ high,
but only 20’ wide); and ‘JFS-KW1’ City Sprite™ (compact, dense, semi-dwarf 25’ high
and 20’ wide).
Exposure: Full sun or light shade
Soil: Tolerates wide variety of soils
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5-8