- Common Name(s):
- Chinese elm, Lacebark elm
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:
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.
- 40-50 ft.
- Not showy, reddish green followed by a winged samara
- Sun; moist, well drained soil but tolerates poor soil and wet sites.
- Medium to fine
- Rounded top; pendulous branches
- 40-50 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Moderate to rapid
- .7 to 2.5 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellowish to reddish purple fall color
NCCES plant id: 2236