The leaves of the Japanese Zelkova are 2″ to 5″ long with very serrated margins and pinnate veins that sometimes split off in pairs toward the leaf margins. They are a medium green with a pale green underside and turn yellow or red in the fall.
Twig and Bud Identification
The twig is golden brown and slightly zig zag.
The Japanese Zelkova has gray bark with irregularly shaped scales that do not peel but can flake off.
The fruits are small, ovoid drupes. They are not showy or particularly attractive. They ripen in the fall.
The flowers of the Japanese Zelkova are green and inconspicuous. They bloom in the spring.