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

Zelkova serrata

£28.00

(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.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Medium
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Damp / Wet, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Special: Windy, Soil Type: Not Fussy
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Honey Fungus Resistant, Screening/Hedge

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