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Ulmus parvifolia

Common Name(s):
Chinese elm, Lacebark elm
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Chinese elm is a large deciduous shade tree in the Ulmaceae family.  The bark provides winter interest as shedding leaves irregular spots of orange, gray, green and brown; tough, durable tree; easy to transplant. It makes an excellent street or urban tree that is resistant to Dutch elm disease and air pollution. It tolerates being planted in wet sites and is moderately salt tolerant.  There is a great variability among seedlings.

Seasons of Interest:

Bark: Winter

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  It also has good resistance to Japanese beetle and elm leaf beetle. Good resistance to Dutch elm disease, a fatal fungal disease spread by airborne bark beetles.  It cccasionally experiences disease problems like wilts, rots, cankers and leaf spots. Branches can break when stressed with snow, ice, or wind. Do not confuse this tree with the inferior Siberian elm, Ulmus pumila, which looks similar and is sometimes called Chinese elm.

Height:
40-50 ft.
Flower:
Not showy, reddish green followed by a winged samara
Zones:
4-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; moist, well drained soil but tolerates poor soil and wet sites.
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Rounded top; pendulous branches
Width:
40-50 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
.7 to 2.5 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellowish to reddish purple fall color
Tags:
winter interest, air pollution, urban, wet soil, deciduous, wet sites, drought tolerant, street tree, shade tree, salt tolerant, bark, wet, clay soil

NCCES plant id: 2236

Ulmus parvifolia Form
Ulmus parvifolia Leave and seeds (samara)