Zelkova serrata


Zelkova trees grow in a spreading vase shape which is ideal for shading a large area. Their leaves have saw-tooth edges and are a rich dark green. In the fall they turn red, orange or burgundy red, frequently all together on the same tree at the same time.

A close relative of the elm, sharing its fast growth but not its disease problems. Annual pruning is necessary when young to remove competing branches, so that the tree can develop a few, strong main branches.

Height: 50-70 feet
Spread: 50-70 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

Irrigation needed: low to medium
Fall Color: Orange/Red/Burgundy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Fruit: Inconspicuous

Planting Distances
Foundation: 20 feet
Drives/Patios: 6 feet
Fence: 6 feet
Too tall to grow under high voltage power lines, the Wireless Zelkova is a shorter tree that is ok under power lines