Zelkova Trees

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Green Vase Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’)

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Village Green Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Village Green’)

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Musashino Columnar Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’)

Zelkova have become popular in recent years.  The habit is vase shaped, similar to the American Elm.  Leaves are dark green, with strongly serrated 2-5 inch long leaves.  Fall colors can vary from yellow, to golden brown, to reddish and purple.  Bark on young trees has a polished, almost cherry wood quality.  As it matures, the bark becomes gray with some exfoliation.  Makes a fine street tree or park tree.

Mature Height: 40′

Mature Spread: (Green Vase = 30′), (Village Green = 40′) and (Musashino = 15′)

Zone: 5

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil Preference: Prefers well drained, moist, slightly acidic soil.

Nurseryman’s Notes: Green Vase grows into a vase shaped tree with upright, arching branches and has a more graceful form.  Fall color tends more towards orange.  Village Green has a more rounded form upon maturity.  Fall color is red to rusty red.  Good for tighter spaces, Musashino is a very narrow upright, vase shaped tree with a yellowish to yellow orange fall color.  Musashino was the 2016 Society of Municipal Arborists tree of the year.  All Zelkova display tolerance to a variety of soils and climates, can handle heat stress and drought.  Resistant to Dutch Elm disease and elm leaf beetle.  Zelkova are vigorous growers.

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