(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.
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