Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata - established tree
Zelkova serrata - leaf close up in July
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata - established tree
Zelkova serrata - leaf close up in July

Zelkova serrata

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(Water Elm) A graceful, elegant tree introduced into the UK in 1861, Zelkova serrata has dark green, narrow leaves with a serrated edge and attractive autumn colour.

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A graceful, elegant tree introduced into the UK in 1861, Zelkova serrata has dark green, narrow leaves with a serrated edge and attractive autumn colour. Established trees have eye-catching, flaking bark.

Growing to be a medium sized tree over time, Zelkova serrata prefers a moist fertile soil but once established can tolerate dry conditions and pollution, making it a good tree for urban areas.


  • Position: Full sun or light dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist or well drained, fertile soil. Zelkova serrata is tolerant of dry soil conditions.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Zelkova serrata grows to be a medium sized tree with a vase shaped habit.
    • Height: 15 m (50 ft).
    • Spread: up to 12 m (40 ft).
  • Notes: Despite the common name, Zelkova serrata is not really an elm and therefore not attacked by Dutch Elm Disease. This tree is also tolerant of atmospheric pollution and windy sites.
How Much Sun
Light Shade, Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium (8m - 15m)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy, Site: Windy, Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Damp/Wet
Special Features
Honey Fungus Resistant, Autumn Colour, Screening/Hedge

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