Japanese Zelkova

Arbor walk #59

A member of the Elm family which has been promoted as a replacement to American Elms because of its high degree of resistance to Dutch Elm Disease. As the name implies, the tree is native to Japan as well as Taiwan and eastern China, where it is highly valued as a commercial timber source.

This particular specimen is quite old and has been cut back several times, which has resulted a uniquely high number of diverging trunks.

Name Japanese Zelkova
Latin Name Zelkova serrata
Type Adaptive
Diameter 49″ dbh
Color of Leaf Medium green turns to shades of yellow / orange to red / brown in fall
Shape of Leaf Strongly serrated 2″ to 5″ long
Color of Flower Inconspicuous
Shape of Flower Inconspicuous
Fruit Characteristics Inconspicuous
Bark Characteristics Gray when young, strongly serrated 2″to 5″ long
Foliage Type Deciduous

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